Overview

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

Contact Info

The Frank and Jane Gabor
West Virginia Folklife Center

at Fairmont State University
College of Liberal Arts
1201 Locust Avenue, Fairmont, WV 26554
Email: wvfolklife@fairmontstate.edu

Contact Info

Dr. Judy P. Byers, Director &
  Abelina Suarez Professor, Senior Level,
   English & Folklore Studies

Frank & Jane Gabor WV Folklife Center
(304) 367-4286
jbyers@fairmontstate.edu

Contact Info

Mr. Noel W. Tenney, Folk Cultural Specialist
Frank & Jane Gabor WV Folklife Center
   and Museum Studies Program Coordinator
Pierpont Community & Technical College
(304) 367-3606 
ntenney@fairmontstate.edu