Idaho State University Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014
is the dynamic and variable expressive culture that we learn in
interactions with people we meet regularly or that we learn through
communications via the Internet or personal writing. The
many traditional genres of folklore
include the verbal arts, such as epic, ballad, folksong, folktale,
myth, joke, tall tale, riddle, and proverb. Newer genres include
postings, contemporary (“urban”) legends, and digital
“memes.” Folklore also
includes customary and material forms, such as calendar customs, games,
foodways, modes of dress, folk architecture, and crafts such as chair
blacksmithing, and the many forms of fabric art. People learn and share
folklore within interest groups that have a common ethnic, religious,
occupational, hobby, or other experiential basis.
studies range widely. Our program at
Idaho State University has two focuses: In English courses we study
the way it is learned, transmitted, and
performed, and its cultural and historical contexts. We focus on
questions, studying folk aesthetics and connotation and the
between oral and written literatures. In Anthropology courses we study
as an expression of cultural diversity and examine the social functions
within cultural groups. Students minoring in folklore may take courses
both departments to obtain a well-rounded understanding of folklore.
and skills in folklore enhance a broad
range of majors. Experience in folklore benefits students interested in
continuing to graduate programs in folklore, history, anthropology,
American studies, and sociology. Knowledge of folklore is helpful, too,
public history, museum, and oral history programs. Folklore courses
knowledge of both elementary and secondary teachers and of those
planning to do
social work or to work in business or in the health-related professions.
Minor in Folklore
The program in
folklore offers a minor designed to augment
Anthropology, English, History, Sociology, or any other major.
The program's required course, ANTH/ENGL 2212, introduces students to
of folklore genres, folklore fieldwork, and types of folk groups.
Upper-division courses provide students with more focused study of
issues and genres, the history of folklore scholarship, particular folk
cultures, and the interrelationship of genres within those cultures.
program also provides opportunities for study of ethnographic and
culture fieldwork techniques. Specialized courses include material
American Indian verbal and material arts, and courses in the
between folklore and literature, including fantasy literature.
in folklore consists of 18 credits, as follows:
ANTH/ENGL 2212 Introduction to Folklore/Oral Tradition 3 cr
(satisfies General Education Objective 9)
Choose 15 credits from:
ANTH 3301 Introduction to Shoshoni Folklore 3 cr
ANTH 4404 Material Culture Analysis 3 cr
ANTH 4449 Qualitative Research Methods 3 cr
ANTH 4452 American Indian Verbal Arts 3 cr
ANTH 4472 Native American Arts 3 cr
ANTH/ENGL 4490 Topics in Folklore 3 cr
ENGL 4492 Folklore and Literature 3 cr
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Revised: March 2013