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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

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

2015 Field School For Cultural Documentation Gets Underway

May 11, 2015

The American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress, the USU Folklore Program, and the Fife Folklore archives kick off the 2015 Field School for Cultural Documentation this week, from May 11-May 28 on the Logan Campus. Read More

Megan Egbert Gets Internship at Library of Congress

May 01, 2015

Folklore grad student Megan Egbert has been accepted as an intern at the American Folklife Center/Library of Congress for summer 2015. Read More

Folklore Society to Collect Ogden Legends

Apr 29, 2015

At the Heritage Festival at Ogden's Union Station on May 9, the Utah State University folklore program will be on hand to collect people's favorite local Ogden legends. Read More

Events Calendar

Program Director

Lisa Gabbert

3200 Old Main Hill

Logan, UT 84322-3200