Folklore Studies Minor FSU College of Liberal Arts

The study of folklore and folklife involves examination and analysis of traditional expressive culture in all its forms, including oral and material.  In every society, agricultural and industrial, rural and urban, folklore is a vital part of life.  In higher education, then, since folklore is a study of the humanist expression which is typically transmitted by tradition, it is related to all departments that deal with literature, art, and music.  Since folklore also deals with the entire traditional culture of mankind as manifested in customs and beliefs, it has close affiliations with anthropology, psychology, sociology, history, philosophy, linguistics, design, and pedagogy.

This 19 hour interdisciplinary academic minor, which can be attached to most liberal arts majors, is housed in the Department of Language and Literature under the College of Liberal Arts and is part of The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center at Fairmont State University.

 

For more information view the 2012-2013 catalog

Contact Info

The Frank and Jane Gabor
West Virginia Folklife Center

on the campus of Fairmont State University
1201 Locust Avenue
Fairmont, WV 26554
(304) 367-4403
wvfolklife@fairmontstate.edu


Dr. Judy P. Byers
Dr. Judy P. Byers
, Director Frank & Jane Gabor WV Folklife Center,
  Abelina Suarez Professor, Senior Level,
  English & Folklore Studies
Fairmont State University
(304) 367-4286
jbyers@fairmontstate.edu
 


 

FSUNow Stories

Thursday, March 12, 2015

A special presentation at the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center on Sunday, March 22, will provide information on protecting and preserving our material culture. The event also will celebrate the closing of the exhibit, “Hanging by a Beautiful Thread: Celebrating the Fiber Arts,” which highlights the beauty in traditional fiber arts created in the home.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

A collection of books on Irish folklore has been donated to the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center in memory of Fairmont State University alumna Holly White.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

In celebration of Fairmont State University’s Sesquicentennial, the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center plans to create an exhibit featuring FSU history and traditions this spring.

“The Folklife Center is proud to celebrate the history, traditions and culture of this great University through a special exhibit. We need assistance from the Falcon family to identify artifacts that would help share the stories and lore of the past 150 years,” said Dr. Judy P. Byers, Executive Director of the Folklife Center.

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