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Folk Studies

Western Kentucky University

12 months
953 USD/credit
917 USD/credit
607 USD/credit
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The study of folklore and folklife involves examination and analysis of traditional expressive culture in all its forms including verbal, musical, material, and customary. In every society, agricultural and industrial, rural and urban, folklore is a vital part of life.  The Folk Studies program is offered by Western Kentucky University.


The discipline has close affinities with literature, anthropology, sociology, history, geography, linguistics, philosophy, ethnomusicology, and psychology.

Thank you for your interest in Folk Studies and Anthropology! Our department offers an undergraduate major in Anthropology, minors in Folklore and in Anthropology, a Masters in Folk Studies, a graduate certificate in Historic Preservation, plus a number of General Education and Colonnade courses. We are also the home of the Kentucky Folklife Program.


Western Kentucky University (WKU) prepares students of all backgrounds to be productive, engaged, and socially responsible citizen-leaders of a global society. The University provides research, service and lifelong learning opportunities for its students, faculty, and other constituents. WKU enriches the quality of life for those within its reach.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Folklore Theory 
  • Folklore Fieldwork
  • Folklore Genres 
  • Folk Arts and Technology
  • Folk Narrative
  • Folk Belief
  • Select one of the following applied courses:
  • Museum Procedures and Preservation Techniques
  • Cultural Conservation
  • Folklore and Education
  • Public Folklore
  • Thesis Research and Writing

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Adequate undergraduate preparation in a wide range of disciplines will be acceptable for admission to graduate study in folk studies. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. All applicants must submit three letters of reference, a statement of intent, and a writing sample to the department. Applicants must submit a minimum GAP score of 600.  

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    953 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 953 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    917 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 917 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    607 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 607 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Bowling Green

900 - 1400 USD /month
Living costs

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