Department of American Studies
BERNARD HERMAN, Chair
PATRICIA SAWIN, Coordinator of the Folklore Program
Core members of the Folklore Program are indicated with *.
Robert Allen, American Cultural History, Media Studies, Digital Humanities, Global American Studies
*William Ferris, Southern Music and Literature, Documentary Studies, American South
Philip Gura, American Literature, American Studies
*Bernard Herman, Material Culture, Visual Culture, Vernacular Arts, Foodways
John Kasson, American Intellectual and Cultural History, Technology and Society, Art and Literature, Popular Culture
Joy Kasson, American Visual Culture, Literature, Popular Culture, Cultural History
Daniel Cobb, American Indian History, 20th-Century History and Culture
*Marcie Cohen Ferris, Southern Jewish History, American Foodways, Women's Studies, Folklore, Material Culture
*Glenn Hinson, Ethnography, African American Expressive Culture, Belief Systems, Vernacular Art, Public Folklore, American South
Tim Marr, American Literature and Culture, American Studies Theory, Globalization, American Encounters with Southeast Asia
*Patricia Sawin, Folklore Theory, Gender, Narrative, Festival, Ethnography of Speaking
*Christopher Teuton, North American Indigenous Oral and Written Literatures, Indigenous Critical Theory; Nineteenth Century American Literature and Culture
Rachel Willis, Labor Economics, Access to Work, History of the University, Documentary Studies
Michelle Robinson, 19th-Century American Literature and Culture, Detective Fiction, Women's History, Religious Movements
Jenny Tone-Pah-Hote, American Indian Material and Expressive Culture, American Indian Art History, Museums, Tourism, the Plains, and American Indian Social and Cultural History
Adjunct Faculty in American Studies
Yaakov Ariel, Religious Studies, Religion in the Americas, Evangelicals and Jews; Jewish Renewal; Jewish New Religious Movements; Christianity and Israel
Carole Blair, Communication Studies, Visual and Material Rhetorics, Rhetoric and Memory, and Rhetorics of Place, Contemporary Rhetorical Theory and Criticism
Fitzhugh Brundage, History, American History since the Civil War, Southern History
Kathleen DuVal, History, Early America, Particularly Cross-Cultural Relations on North American Borderlands
Lawrence Grossberg, Communication Studies, Media and Cultural Studies
Minrose Gwin, English, 20th-Century American Literature, Critical Theory and Cultural Studies, Southern Literature
Reginald Hildebrand, History and African American Studies, Emancipation in the South
Jennifer Ho, English, 20th-Century American Literature, Asian-American Literature, Critical Theory and Cultural Studies
Emily Kass , Museum Studies and Administration, Art History, Contemporary Art.
Malinda Maynor Lowery, History, Native American History, Southern History, Race and Ethnicity
Eliza Richards, English, 19th-Century American Literature, Gender Studies, American Poetry
Ruth Salvaggio, English, 18th-Century Literature, Feminist Theory
Anne Whisnant, Public History, Digital Humanities, Landscape and Memory
Heather Williams, History, African Americans in 19th and 20th Centuries
Additional Faculty in Folklore
James L. Peacock (11) Culture Change, Symbolic Systems, Southeast Asia
Della Pollock (9) Performance of Literature, Performance Theory and Criticism, Cultural Studies
Robert Edward Daniels (4) Social Anthropology, Culture and Personality, Africa
Valerie Lambert (59) American Indians, Ethnography, Political and Legal Anthropology, Sovereignty, Identity, Race and Racism, Elites
*Jocelyn Neal (7) Country Music, 20th-Century Theory, Popular Music, Southern Studies
Christopher Nelson (64) History and Memory, Everyday Life, Ethnography, Critical Theory, Storytelling, Ritual and Performance, Japan and Okinawa
Karla Slocum (56) Global/Local Studies, Social Movements, Agency, Development, Gender, Applying Anthropology, Caribbean
*Robert Cantwell, Folklore, Vernacular Music, Culture and Human Rights, Folklore Theory, Jane Addams, Pragmatism and the Progressive Era, Jewish Writers, Close Reading
Trudier Harris, African American Folklore and Literature
Daniel W. Patterson, Ballads, American Folksong, Religious Folklife, Gravestones, American South
Theda Perdue, Native American History
Charles Gordon Zug, Pottery, Material Culture, Narrative, Maritime Folklife, Folk Art, American South
The American Studies Department is the home for the master's degree in folklore. It also offers graduate courses that may be taken as part of a graduate minor by students admitted in other departments. Requirements for these, and for the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in American Studies, follow.
Ph.D. in American Studies
Recruitment and Admissions
Application for admission must be made on forms provided by The Graduate School or by The Graduate School's electronic application process. These also serve as applications for fellowships and assistantships if the applicant marks the appropriate statement on the form.
Applicants for advanced degrees must have completed an undergraduate degree. Students will be admitted from a wide range of undergraduate programs, and some will be admitted with an M.A. from American Studies or another relevant department. Candidates for admission should be firmly grounded in the humanities, social sciences, or the arts. The best qualified students should articulate an interest in American history, literary, expressive and/or material culture, and/or critical theory, should show some familiarity with library, Web-based, and/or ethnographic research methods, and should offer a specific rationale for their interest in the UNC–Chapel Hill graduate program. In addition to the Graduate School application form, candidates for admission will present a twenty to twenty-five page writing sample, a statement of purpose, three letters of recommendation, official undergraduate transcripts, GRE aptitude scores, and a curriculum vitae. Transfer credits may be awarded at the department's discretion on the basis of course equivalencies.
All students will be admitted to the doctoral program at UNC–Chapel Hill. Applicants do not need a master's degree prior to admission in the program. The M.A. degree in American Studies is typically earned at the end of the fourth semester, but students planning to earn a terminal master's degree will not be admitted to the program. Students admitted with an M.A. in a related field such as Folklore will take some additional core courses as they progress toward the American Studies Ph.D.
For the Master of Arts Degree in American Studies
30 credit hours, of which at least 21 must be in American Studies, including:
• AMST 700, The History and Practices of American Studies
• AMST 701, Interdisciplinary Research Methodologies
• AMST 702, Readings in American Studies
• AMST 901, M.A.Research Seminar
• AMST 992, Thesis Substitute
• Two more courses drawn from American Studies and Folklore graduate offerings
• Additional courses (9 credit hours) in American Studies or other related departments
• A capstone project (thesis substitute) with oral defense
At least two semesters in residence.
The Department of American Studies requires a capstone project, which replaces the traditional master's thesis and will be submitted, after revision, in the second month of the student's fourth semester. This paper, which may stem from previous work in the student's career, usually will be 35-50 pages in length and should take the form of a potentially publishable essay or equivalent project. This requirement is in accord with the best practices in humanities departments at UNC–Chapel Hill and peer institutions, and recognizes the fact that successful students often publish work during their graduate careers. The Capstone Project will be read by a three-person committee consisting of the student's primary advisor and two other members of the graduate faculty, at least one of whom must come from the American Studies faculty.
After the defense and discussion among the committee members, the student's advisor will convey in writing to the Director of Graduate Study an evaluation of the Capstone Project and the student's progress to date.
All students enrolled in the American Studies graduate program will participate throughout their graduate careers in a monthly colloquium in which faculty and Ph.D. candidates will offer presentations of their work-in-progress. The colloquium exposes graduate students to the research interests of faculty in American Studies and allied fields, and may also include visiting graduate students and faculty from international partner institutions. The Colloquium is the collegial wellspring of the program, the intellectual and social center of the American Studies community, the conversation occurring there will naturally both inform and be informed by classroom work, particularly in AMST 700, 701, and 702, will help to shape, against the backdrop of individual specializations, a common discourse, and in large part provide a site for the formation of the American Studies social and intellectual community.
The American Studies graduate faculty will meet in the spring semester to evaluate the progress toward degree of first-year students, and to review second-year students who have completed their capstone projects, consider the assessment of each student's committee, and evaluate the student's process toward the Ph.D. For students who elect not to continue in the program or whom the faculty does not believe to be progressing satisfactorily, the submission and defense of the capstone project will conclude their course of study at UNC and departmental financial support.
• Factors for satisfactory progress include:
• Academic performance reflected primarily in seminars and independent studies;
• Contributions to the intellectual life of the program and department;
• Successful and timely completion of the capstone requirement;
• Recommendation of the student's advisor and director of graduate studies.
• The M.A. degree will be awarded after completion of all courses required for the M.A. and the capstone project.
The Ph.D. in American Studies
With its continuing emphasis upon interdisciplinarity and collegiality, the Ph.D. program in American Studies provides candidates with a number of occasions, including the ongoing monthly Colloquium, for sharing discourses and ideas, developing research areas and dissertation topics, and designing, collaboratively, comprehensive examination reading lists reflecting both local consensus and individual concentration. The Ph.D. curriculum balances particular American Studies graduate course offerings within American Studies itself with cognate courses across the Arts and Sciences graduate curricula; within these the Ph.D. candidate will develop three specific fields. For all students, "American Studies" will constitute the major field, and the other two field concentrations will reflect specializations defined by the student and his/her committee. Examples of fields include American Indian Studies, Southern Studies, Folklore, Visual and Material Culture, American Literature, U.S. History, American Religious Studies, Ethnic Studies, or other relevant areas that reflect the strengths of the faculty in American Studies and in cognate departments. A teaching portfolio of syllabus, bibliography, lesson plan, sample lectures, and related material, will demonstrate pedagogical and scholarly proficiency in one of the field concentrations. In some cases, the director of graduate studies may approve the substitution of a professional portfolio directed toward museum, archival, or public history applications of the field. The major field and second field concentration will be assessed by means of comprehensive exams. An Advisory Committee will assist the candidate in course selection, help to define areas of specialization, administer the comprehensive examination, approve the student's dissertation prospectus, assess progress towards completion, and finally read the student's dissertation and approve the oral defense of dissertation.
The Department of American Studies offers a separate M.A. degree in Folklore. Students in the Folklore M.A.may apply for admission to the Ph.D. in American Studies. Admission to the M.A.in Folklore does not constitute admission to the Ph.D. in American Studies.
The Ph.D. program seeks to incorporate flexibility in course options and to allow students to fulfill basic requirements in a variety of ways suited to their progress in consultation with their advisors. It is our intention that greater flexibility in the degree requirements related to core courses will allow faculty to offer more thematic or topical research seminars designed to attract students from a variety of fields.
For the Ph.D. Degree in American Studies
An additional 24 credit hours, including:
• AMST 890, Topics in American Studies
• AMST 902, Ph.D. Research Seminar
• AMST 994, Dissertation Registration (6 hours)
• Additional courses (12 credit hours) in American Studies or other related departments
• Demonstration of proficiency in one language other than English
• Successful completion of written comprehensive examinations in three fields (one takes the form of the teaching portfolio)
• Successful completion of a comprehensive oral examination
• Dissertation prospectus and oral defense
• Ph.D. dissertation
• Successful completion of an oral defense of dissertation
At all stages of progress to degree students are encouraged to seek funding for summer advanced language training and pre-dissertation field research as needed.
Student progress toward the Ph.D. will be assessed annually by the American Studies faculty.
Factors for satisfactory progress include:
• Academic performance reflected primarily in completion of coursework and performance in seminars and independent studies;
• Contributions to the intellectual life of the program and department;
• Language proficiency;
• Comprehensive exams, including teaching portfolio;
• Dissertation proposal;
• Recommendation of the student's advisor and director of graduate studies.
Ph.D. candidates will have demonstrated reading proficiency in one language other than English before the beginning of their fifth year of study (third year if admitted with an M.A.).
Language competence may be demonstrated in one of three ways:
• An undergraduate degree in language study;
• Successful completion of a university-administered language examination or other examination approved by the director of graduate studies;
• Successful completion (at least a B grade) of an undergraduate literature course in any language other than English. Such a course will not count toward required graduate credits.
Students will prepare a teaching portfolio, to be submitted as part of the comprehensive exams. The teaching portfolio will demonstrate competence in course and curricular development, class preparation and classroom performance, as well as proficiency in scholarly and pedagogical uses of digital technologies, and will constitute the written exam in one of the student's field concentrations. The teaching portfolio is an exercise in course planning, not necessarily a course actually taught. Potential topics are limitless, since the portfolio will highlight a field of concentration individualized for each student. It should be envisioned as a senior seminar or capstone course on a topic of the student's devising, not a standard introductory or methodological course. Over the years, students will continue to produce new and innovative portfolios, just as they will produce original dissertation proposals. The teaching portfolio will include the following:
• Complete syllabus including a fourteen week class schedule, requirements, readings, and student assessment;
• Bibliography divided into the core bibliography for students in the projected course and the comprehensive bibliography used by the instructor for course development;
• Sample lectures including notes, supporting materials such as digital image presentations and/or audio content;
• Related supporting material as deemed appropriate.
Occasionally, students may choose to prepare a professional portfolio in their field concentration directed toward museum, archival, or public history applications of the field. Requirements for such a portfolio will be determined by the director of graduate studies in conjunction with the student and his/her committee.
Teaching and Professional Development
All students will be expected to teach as part of their service requirement for financial aid. Teaching experience is fundamental to preparation for the professoriate. In their first year of graduate study, students may participate, under supervision, in collaborative faculty-student undergraduate teaching assignments. (Students entering with a Master's Degree may begin teaching in their first year). Students may also apply for teaching assistantships in undergraduate courses. After supervised classroom teaching (TA), depending upon the availability of assistantships, students may develop and teach undergraduate courses in their special topics. The Teaching Portfolio may provide the basis for an independently taught course.
Comprehensive exams will be held normally in the spring of the third year for students admitted with a B.A. and in the spring of the second year for students admitted with an M.A. Reading lists will emerge from students' work in AMST 902. Students and faculty will work collaboratively, with the aim of integrating the best work with the most current scholarship in particular fields. The Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination will address reading lists in two fields (the successful completion of a Teaching Portfolio constitutes the third exam) and will be administered in the form of two three-hour written sessions, one in the American Studies major field and one in the field concentration. The major and field concentration exams will be offered on separate days no more than ten working days apart. The exam schedule will be set by the director of graduate studies and announced the previous semester. Individual students and their faculty committees will collaborate to set the parameters of the exams with core materials covered in the major exam in "American Studies" and individual reading lists developed for the field concentration. Shortly after passing the written exam, students will undergo a 90-minute oral exam covering the American Studies major and the field concentrations. Students are expected to receive passing evaluations in all three examination areas as well as the oral exam. Any student who fails one or more sections of the exam may repeat the failed section(s) only once.
The dissertation prospectus will normally be due within three months of the successful completion of the Comprehensive Exams and the acceptance of the Teaching Portfolio. Meetings with the student's doctoral advisory committee will refine the proposal. The prospectus must be approved by the committee following a prospectus defense. Students should normally plan to complete the doctoral dissertation during the spring of the third year of doctoral studies (the fifth year of matriculation for students beginning the program without an MA; the third year for students admitted with an MA).
Students register for AMST 994 once they have passed their comprehensive exams. AMST 994 registration allows students to conduct dissertation research on or away from campus. A minimum of 6 hours are required and cannot be taken simultaneously during one semester.
• Dissertation writing groups. The department strongly urges students to participate in dissertation writing groups with other students in their same field or with similar interests or approaches.
• Dissertation defense. Upon completion of the Dissertation, all degree candidates must successfully defend their dissertations before a committee of at least five faculty consisting of their advisory committee supplemented by two other qualified members.
M.A. in Folklore
The Folklore Program, which operates within the departmental structure of American Studies, offers a M.A. in Folklore that is wholly independent of the American Studies graduate program. Our program focuses on the study of creativity and aesthetic expression in everyday life and on the social and political implications of this expression as it unfolds in the contested arenas of culture. Not bound to traditional definitions of folklore, and committed to preparing students for ethical practice in a multicultural world, the Folklore Program offers a flexible M.A. curriculum that readies students for both public practice and further academic study.
The second decade of the 21st century marks the seventh decade of the Folklore Program's presence at UNC–Chapel Hill. Founded with an eye to regional study and deeply integrated with the University's long-standing focus on Southern history, literature, and culture, the program maintains its commitment to the study of regional folklife. This dedication, however, in no way limits the program's vision. While students and faculty do much of their fieldwork in the South, they also work in a range of other regions and countries. Faculty interests cluster in the areas of music, language, and narrative, African American culture, public folklore, gender, material culture, vernacular architecture and landscape, foodways, self-taught art, occupational folklife, and the politics of culture. Deeply committed to collaborative work in the public realm, folklore program members work extensively with local communities, pursuing projects with museums, arts councils, media production companies, and a range of other organizations.
Of particular interest to students and scholars interested in the Folklore Program are the University's extensive library and archival collections. UNC's libraries have extensive holdings of books, manuscripts, periodicals, images, and both field and commercial sound and visual recordings relating to vernacular culture, with especially strong and growing holdings for the American South and the British Isles. Particularly notable among these collections are the Archie Green Occupational Folklife Collection, the Mike Seeger Collection of southern vernacular music, the Don Yoder Collection of American religious tune books, and the John Edwards Memorial Collection of early Southern commercially recorded folk and popular music, all part of the Southern Folklife Collection.
Degree Requirements: The M.A. program in folklore balances flexibility and a focus on students' own areas of interest with requirements designed to insure knowledge of key issues and texts in the discipline. Master's students must complete 10 courses (30 hours). Two specific courses—Approaches to Folklore Theory (FOLK 850) and The Art of Ethnography (FOLK 860)—are required, and students must take three other courses offered by core faculty. Students also traditionally take courses in a variety of associated graduate programs, including anthropology, communications studies, English, history, and music, or take advantage of the opportunity to enroll in courses at neighboring universities, particularly those offered at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke. Students pursuing an M.A. must compile a critical literature review at the beginning of their third semester, and must complete and defend a thesis at the end of their second year of study. They must also demonstrate reading proficiency in a language other than English.
Students may also opt for a folklore minor in another Ph.D. program. Students pursuing the minor complete six courses, chosen in consultation with the program coordinator.
Graduate Minor in American Studies
American studies is a nationally and internationally recognized field, comprising the interdisciplinary study of American culture. The object of study is American culture in all its diversity, and the methodologies include historical, literary, and visual analysis as well as ethnography, sociology, economics, and political science as appropriate. The American Studies Department at UNC offers courses in the theory and methodology of American studies and in concentrations including American Indian studies, folklore, material culture studies, and Southern studies. The American studies graduate minor serves students admitted in a variety of departments, including art, communications studies, English, history, religious studies, and others. Interdisciplinary training can enhance scholarly and teaching capabilities for these students.
See the department chair or director of graduate studies.
Requirements for the Minor in American Studies
The graduate minor consists of five courses, to be selected with the advice of the chair or director of graduate studies in American studies. These courses should include AMST 700 or 701 and at least two other graduate courses with American studies designation. Additional courses may be chosen from cognate departments.
Courses for Graduate and Advanced Undergraduate Students
410 Senior Seminar in Southern Studies (3). We will engage such topics as race, immigration, cultural tourism, and memory to consider conceptions of the South. Students will research a subject they find compelling and write a 20- to 25-page paper.
440 American Indian Poetry (3). This course explores the relation of American Indian poetry and music in English to the history and culture of indigenous communities and their relation to the United States.
466 You Are Where You Live: The American House in Critical Perspective (3). This course emphasizes the complexities of human shelter in the United States. We learn housing types, explore their social uses and meanings, and evaluate critical issues, such as affordability and gentrification.
482 Images of the American Landscape (3). This course will consider how real estate speculation, transportation, suburbanization, and consumerism have shaped a landscape whose many representations in art and narrative record our ongoing struggle over cultural meaning.
483 Seeing the U.S.A.: Visual Arts and American Culture (3). Examines the ways in which visual works—paintings, photographs, sculpture, architecture, film, advertising, and other images—communicate the values of American culture and raise questions about American experiences.
484 Visual Culture (3). This course investigates how we make and signify meaning through images, ranging from art to advertising to graffiti, and provides the critical tools to understand the visual worlds we inhabit.
485 Folk, Self-Taught, Vernacular, and Outsider Arts (3). Drawing on American and international examples, this course addresses a body of art that occupies the borderlands of contemporary art, examining questions of authenticity, dysfunction, aesthetics, and identity.
486 Shalom Y'all: The Jewish Experience in the American South (JWST 486) (3). This course explores ethnicity in the South and focuses on the history and culture of Jewish Southerners from their arrival in the Carolinas in the 17th century to the present day.
487 Early American Architecture and Material Life (3). This course explores, through lecture and discussion, the experiences of everyday life from 1600 through the early 19th century, drawing on the evidence of architecture, landscape, images, and objects.
488 No Place like Home: Material Culture of the American South (FOLK 488) (3). Seminar will explore the unique worlds of Southern material culture and how "artifacts" from barns to biscuits provide insight about the changing social and cultural history of the American South.
489 Writing Material Culture (3). A reading seminar that examines multiple critical perspectives that shape the reception and interpretation of objects, with a particular emphasis on things in American life.
493 Internship (1–3). Permission of the department and the instructor. Internship. Variable credit.
498 Advanced Seminar in American Studies (3). Graduate or junior/senior standing. Examines American civilization by studying social and cultural history, criticism, art, architecture, music, film, popular pastimes, and amusements, among other possible topics.
685 Literature of the Americas (CMPL 685, ENGL 685) (3). See ENGL 685 for description.
691H Honors in American Studies (3). Directed independent research leading to the preparation of an honors thesis and an oral examination on the thesis. Required of candidates for graduation with honors in American studies who enroll in the class once permission to pursue honors is granted.
692H Honors in American Studies (3). Directed independent research leading to the preparation of an honors thesis and an oral examination on the thesis. Required of candidates for graduation with honors in American studies who enroll in the class once permission to pursue honors is granted.
Courses for Graduate Students
700 The History and Practices of American Studies (3). This course will acquaint students with the texts, contexts, issues, and controversies in American studies as a field of study. It is required for most American studies graduate students and open to graduate students in other departments.
701 Interdisciplinary Research Methods (3). This course will focus on techniques of American studies investigation. Various faculty members will make presentations highlighting approaches including Southern studies, American Indian studies, Material Culture studies, and new media.
702 Readings in American Studies (3). This course takes a specific topic to explore in depth, and through this investigation critically examines contending perspectives on the field. Topics will change depending on faculty interest.
840 Digital Humanities/Digital American Studies (3). This course, explores the application of digital technologies to the materials, questions, and practices of humanities scholarship, particularly as related to enduring topics in American Studies scholarship and community engagement. Students will work on group digital history projects in collaboration with local cultural heritage organizations.
850 Digital Humanities Practicum (3). This practicum blends graduate seminar discussions with hands-on training in the digital humanities. Students will work in the Digital Innovation Lab, contributing to real-life projects while developing their own professional development goals. Students will emerge with a deeper understanding of and experience with digital humanities approaches, practices, and issues.
878 Readings in Native American History (HIST 878) (3). See HIST 878 for description.
880 American Film and Media History (3). Topically focused examination of social and cultural aspects of cinema and media history in the United States including cinema/media audiences, reception, and historiography.
890 Special Topics in American Studies (3). Field/topical/research seminar. Instructors use this course to offer instruction in particular topics or approaches. Specific course descriptions are available each semester on the departmental Web site.
895 Directed Readings for Graduate Students (3). Permission of the instructor. Independent reading programs for graduate students whose needs are covered by no course immediately available. For students resident in Chapel Hill or vicinity.
900 Directed Readings (0.5–21). Topics vary according to the needs and interests of the individual student and the professor directing the reading and writing project.
901 M.A. Research Seminar (3). Students will be introduced to issues of project design, develop a prospectus for the M.A. capstone project, work with an advisor, and prepare full drafts of their projects.
902 Ph.D. Research Seminar (3). A review of current scholarship in American studies, with the aim of creating the final reading list for the comprehensive exams, and an introduction to dissertation design.
948 Research in Native American History (HIST 948) (3). See HIST 948 for description.
992 Non-Thesis Option (3).
993 Master's Thesis (3-6).
994 Doctoral Dissertation (3). Individual work on the doctoral dissertation, pursued under the supervision of the Ph.D. advisor.
Courses for Graduate and Advanced Undergraduate Students
428 Religion and Anthropology (ANTH 428, RELI 428) (3). See ANTH 428 for description.
429 Culture and Power in Southeast Asia (ANTH 429, ASIA 429) (3). See ANTH 429 for description.
435 Consciousness and Symbols (ANTH 435, CMPL 435) (3). See ANTH 435 for description.
454 Historical Geography of the United States (GEOG 454) (3). See GEOG 454 for description.
455 Method and Theory in Ethnohistoric Research (ANTH 455) (3). See ANTH 455 for description.
470 Medicine and Anthropology (ANTH 470) (3). See ANTH 470 for description.
473 Anthropology of the Body and the Subject (ANTH 473) (3). See ANTH 473 for description.
484 Discourse and Dialogue in Ethnographic Research (ANTH 484, LING 484) (3). See ANTH 484 for description.
487 Folk Narrative (ENGL 487) (3). See ENGL 487 for description.
488 No Place like Home: Material Culture of the American South (AMST 488) (3). See AMST 488 for description.
490 Topics in Folklore (3). Topics vary from semester to semester.
495 Field Research (3). Research at sites that vary.
496 Directed Readings in Folklore (3). Permission of the department. Topic varies depending on the instructor.
502 Myths and Epics of the Ancient Near East (RELI 502) (3). See RELI 502 for description.
525 Culture and Personality (ANTH 525) (3). See ANTH 525 for description.
537 Gender and Performance (ANTH 537, WMST 438) (3). See ANTH 537 for description.
550 Introduction to Material Culture (3). An introduction to material folk culture, exploring the meanings that people bring to traditional arts and the artful creations with which they surround themselves (e.g., architecture, clothing, altars, tools, food).
560 Southern Literature and the Oral Tradition (3). Course considers how Southern writers employ folklore genres such as folk tales, sermons, and music and how such genres provide structure for literary forms like the novel and the short story.
562 Oral History and Performance (COMM 562, HIST 562, WMST 562) (3). See COMM 562 for description.
565 Ritual, Theater, and Performance in Everyday Life (COMM 362) (3). See COMM 362 for description.
571 Southern Music (HIST 571) (3). See HIST 571 for description.
587 Folklore in the South (3). An issue-oriented study of Southern folklore, exploring the ways that vernacular artistic expression (from barns and barbecue to gospel and well-told tales) come to define both community and region.
610 Vernacular Traditions in African American Music (AAAD 432) (4). Explores performance traditions in African American music, tracing development from African song through reels, blues, gospel, and contemporary vernacular expression. Focuses on continuity, creativity, and change within African American aesthetics.
670 Introduction to Oral History (HIST 670) (3). See HIST 670 for description.
675 Ethnographic Method (ANTH 675) (3). See ANTH 675 for description.
688 Observation and Interpretation of Religious Action (ANTH 688, RELI 688) (3). See ANTH 688 for description.
690 Studies in Folklore (3). Topic varies from semester to semester.
691H Honors Project in Folklore (3). Permission of the instructor. For honors candidates. Ethnographic and/or library research and analysis of the gathered materials, leading to a draft of an honors thesis.
692H Honors Thesis in Folklore (3). Prerequisite, FOLK 691H. Writing of an honors thesis based on independent research conducted in FOLK 691H. Open only to senior honors candidates who work under the direction of a faculty member.
Courses for Graduate Students
790 Public Folklore (3). A graduate seminar addressing theory and praxis in public sector cultural work. Focusing on public folklore, this course explores broad issues of representation, cultural politics, and cultural tourism.
841 Performance Ethnography (COMM 841) (3). See COMM 841 for description.
842 Seminar in Performance and Cultural Studies (COMM 842) (3). See COMM 842 for description.
843 Seminar in Contemporary Performance Theory (COMM 843) (3). See COMM 843 for description.
850 Approaches to Folklore Theory (3). A systematic overview of the major issues and theoretical perspectives that have informed the study of folklore historically and that are emerging in contemporary scholarship.
860 Art of Ethnography (ANTH 860) (3). A field-based exploration of the pragmatic, ethical, and theoretical dimensions of ethnographic research, addressing issues of experience, aesthetics, authority, and worldview through the lens of cultural encounter. Field research required.
890 Seminar in Selected Topics (3). An irregularly offered graduate seminar exploring selected topics in the theory and practice of folklore.
891 Topics in Folklore (3). An irregularly offered graduate seminar exploring selected topics in the theory and practice of folklore.
895 Seminar in Folklore (3). An irregularly offered graduate seminar exploring selected topics in the theory and practice of folklore.
993 Master's Thesis (3-6). Research in a special field under the direction of staff members.