Folklore and Ethnography Courses

Penn State offers a wide variety of courses that focus on, or include, folklore. Some are offered every semester, while others vary from year to year, or by instructor. These include:

Undergraduate Courses

  • Am St 050 The Literature And Lore Of Mining
  • Cams/Rl St 044 Ancient Near Eastern And Egyptian Mythology
  • Cams 045 Classical Mythology
  • Am St/Engl 105 Popular Culture and Folklife
  • Am St/Engl 196 Introduction to American Folklore
  • Cmlit 108 Myths And Mythologies
  • Cmlit 109 Native American Myths, Legends, And Literatures
  • Ger 157 Pennsylvania Germans
  • Hum 150 World Mythologies In The Arts
  • J St 113/Rl St 113 Myths And Legends Of The Jews
  • Rus 110 Russian Folklore
  • Hist 203 History of Monsters, Aliens & The Supernatural
  • Af Am 235/Engl 235 From Folk Shouts And Work Songs To Hip Hop Poetry
  • Af Am 280 Historical Ethnography Of Freedom
  • Csd 269 Deaf Culture

Upper-Division/Master’s Level Courses

  • Am St  417 American Beliefs and Myths
  • Am St 423 Folk Groups and Genres
  • Am St 448 (Anth 448) Ethnography Of The United States
  • Am St 482 Public Heritage Practices
  • Am St 493 (Engl 493) The Folktale In American Literature
  • Anth 422 Meso-American Archaeology and Ethnography
  • Anth 453 Anthropology of Religion
  • Anth 458 Ethnographic Field Methods
  • Anth 472 The Ecology of Traditional Farming
  • Cmlit 408 Heroic Literature
  • Cmlit 480 The International Folktale
  • Engl 461 The Vernacular Roots of African American Literature
  • Hist 456Y The Social History of American Vernacular Building, 1607-1980

Master’s/Doctoral Level Courses

  • Am St 530 Topics in American Folklore
  • Am St 531 Material Culture And Folklife
  • Am St 540 Ethnography And Society
  • Am St 541 Ethnography of Technology and Media
  • CI 511 Educational Ethnography: History, Theory, and Methods
  • CI 512 Contemporary Educational Ethnography
  • CI 513 Video Ethnography in Education
  • Fr 574  French Folklore and Popular Culture
  • Ll Ed 563 Myths and Folktales In Children’s Literature

Continuing Education Courses

  • Am Std 8134  Cultural Diversity & Folk Traditions
  • Am Std 8432  The Pennsylvania Germans: A Living Tradition
  • Laadm 6493 The American Folklore Of Flowers