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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

Kylie Schroeder to Intern at Library of Congress

Apr 28, 2016

Congratulations goes out to folklore student Kylie Schroeder, who will be interning with the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress during May and June of this year. Read More

Dr. Lisa Gabbert Returns From Sabbatical in Japan

Jan 19, 2016

Dr. Lisa Gabbert recently returned from a semester long visiting professorship in the Department of Communication at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan. Read More

Digital Folklore Project Announces Digital Trends of the Year

Dec 23, 2015

Researchers for the Digital Folklore Project housed in Utah State University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences announced Monday that 2015 digital trends were about love, Donald Trump’s hair, and cats foiling terrorists. Read More

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

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Program Director

Lisa Gabbert

3200 Old Main Hill

Logan, UT 84322-3200

435.797.2721

folklore@usu.edu