Folklore studies students at Fairmont State University can take advantage of a diverse list of courses:

  • folk dancing
  • urban and pop culture
  • vintage clothing preservation
  • Appalachian literature

And, that’s just a small sample of the long list available.

All types of folklore – agricultural and industrial, rural and urban – are important in society.  Folklore studies students will graduate with an understanding of the historical relevance and present importance of folklore.

Folklore studies is a minor that ties many academic facets together including anthropology, psychology, sociology, history, philosophy, linguistics, design, and pedagogy.  It’s a perfect choice to go along with a number of FSU majors.

Career Opportunities

A folklore studies specialization prepares students for graduate studies and professional involvement. Folklore professionals can work in a number of fields including entertainment, teaching, and historical preservation.  Some opportunities include:

  • Storyteller
  • Curator
  • Archivist
  • Museum professional
  • Park manager

Mission Statement

A folklore studies specialization prepares the student for graduate studies and professional involvement in such areas as preservation, archiving, teaching, curating, historical parks management, museum interests, entertainment, and storytelling. This interdisciplinary academic minor can be attached to most liberal arts majors.