The Frank and Jane Gabor
West Virginia Folklife Center
at Fairmont State University
College of Liberal Arts
1201 Locust Avenue, Fairmont, WV 26554
Dr. Francene Kirk,
Frank & Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center
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.
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:
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.