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

  • AMST 50 The Literature and Lore of Mining
  • CAMS/RLST 44 Ancient Near Eastern and Egyptian Mythology
  • CAMS 45 Classical Mythology
  • AMST/ENGL 105 American Popular Culture and Folklife
  • AMST/ENGL 196 Introduction to American Folklore
  • CMLIT 108 Myths and Mythologies
  • CMLIT 109 Native American Myths, Legends, and Literatures
  • CMLIT/JST/CAMS/RLST 113 Myths and Legends of the Jews
  • GER 157 Pennsylvania Germans: The Culture of the Sectarians
  • HUM 150N World Mythologies in the Arts
  • RUS 110 Russian Folklore
  • AFAM 280 Historical Ethnography of Freedom
  • CSD 269 Deaf Culture
  • ENGL/AFAM 235 From Folk Shouts and Songs to Hip Hop Poetry
  • HIST 203 History of Monsters, Aliens & The Supernatural

Upper-Division/Master’s Level Courses

  • AMST 417 American Beliefs and Myths
  • AMST 423 Folk Groups and Genres
  • AMST 482 Public Heritage Practices
  • AMST/ENGL 493 The Folktale in American Literature
  • ANTH 422 Meso-American Archaeology and Ethnography
  • ANTH/AMST 448 Ethnography of the United States
  • ANTH 453 Anthropology of Religion
  • ANTH 457 / JST 457 / SOC 457 Jewish Communities: Identity, Survival, and Transformation in Unexpected Places
  • 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

Master’s/Doctoral Level Courses

  • AMST 530 Topics in American Folklore
  • AMST 531 Material Culture and Folklife
  • AMST 540 Ethnography and Society
  • AMST 541 Ethnography of Technology and Media in the United States
  • CI/CIED 511 Educational Ethnography: History, Theory, and Methods
  • CI 512 Contemporary Educational Ethnography
  • CI/CIED 513 Video Ethnography in Education
  • FR 574¬†¬†French Folklore and Popular Culture
  • LLED 563 Myths and Folktales in Children’s Literature