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What Is Folklore?

Located between the disciplines of literature and anthropology, folklore is the study of traditional beliefs, stories, legends, songs, festivals, and arts of a given group. A primary emphasis in folklore studies is on tradition and the ways traditions manifest in the modern world. A second emphasis is on vernacular practices - that is, those artistic activities that are generated by people informally. Folklore students document, analyze, and interpret a variety of artistic traditions and in doing so become culturally competent, highly skilled culture brokers and adept communicators.

USU Folklore Program

The Folklore Program at Utah State University was founded over forty years ago. The Program offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees and provides a flexible, interdisciplinary approach to study, small class sizes, and close interaction between faculty and students. The Folklore Program is particularly strong in areas of legend, digital folklore, the supernatural, landscape, festival, and Jewish and Italian folklore. Faculty affiliated with the program are well known in their fields, have a strong program of research, and are committed to student learning. Students in the Folklore Program also have many opportunities to work closely with the Fife Folklore Archives.

Latest News

Folklorist Lynne McNeill Featured at TEDxUSU

Oct 14, 2015

“Unique, compelling, and thought-provoking,” said Scott Bates, the official spokesperson for TEDxUSU, of Dr. Lynne S. McNeill’s presentation in the upcoming TEDxUSU event. Read More

Lynne McNeill to Speak as Part of Anthropology Lecture Series

Oct 13, 2015

On Friday, October 30th, at 5 pm in the USU Museum of Anthropology (Old Main 252), Dr. Lynne McNeill will give a talk as part of the Anthropology Lecture Series. Read More

Claudia Schwabe to Guest-Edit Journal

Sep 28, 2015

Assistant Professor Claudia Schwabe is guest editing a speical issue of the international, scholarly, open-access journal Humanities. Read More

Fall Online Anthropology Courses Announced

Aug 13, 2015

The Fall 2015 online Anthropology courses have just been announced. Make sure you've got all the classes you need! Read More

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Lisa Gabbert

3200 Old Main Hill

Logan, UT 84322-3200