Admissions to the Folklore Certificate have been suspended as of summer 2018. If you have any questions, please contact the department.

Students currently enrolled in the program will be supported and will be able to complete the program; however, no new students will be allowed to enroll in the program until further notice.

The certificate in folklore is available to students working for a baccalaureate degree in any UW–Madison school or college, and to Special students. The purpose of the certificate is to acquaint students with the nature of folklore, its study, its public presentation, and its relations to a range of human experiences, intellectual currents, and professional endeavors.

Admissions to the Folklore Certificate have been suspended as of summer 2018. If you have any questions, please contact the department.

Students interested in pursuing a certificate in folklore studies should contact the undergraduate advisor (Dr. Beatriz Botero) at their earliest convenience.  

Requirements for the Folklore Certificate

At least three courses must be at the 300 level or above. Directed Study (FOLKLORE 399 Directed Study in Folklore for Undergraduates) may be used to satisfy one cluster requirement, but only with the approval of the certificate advisor and the director of the certificate program. Certificate seekers are urged to consult the undergraduate advisor at the earliest possible opportunity.

Select 15 credits, including at least one course from each of the following four clusters:

Introductions to the Field:

FOLKLORE 100 Introduction to Folklore3
FOLKLORE 230 Introduction to American Folklore3

 Genres of Folklore:

FOLKLORE/​MUSIC  103 Introduction to Music Cultures of the World2
FOLKLORE/​ANTHRO/​INTL ST/​LINGUIS  211 Global Language Issues4
FOLKLORE 220 The Folk Tale3
FOLKLORE/​RELIG ST  352 Shamanism3
FOLKLORE 439 Foodways3
FOLKLORE 451 The Supernatural in the Modern World3
FOLKLORE 460 Folk Epics3
FOLKLORE/​ANTHRO/​MUSIC/​THEATRE  539 The Folklore of Festivals and Celebrations3
FOLKLORE/​DS  655 Comparative World Dress3

Folklore and Cultural Areas:

FOLKLORE/​AFROAMER/​AMER IND/​ASIAN AM/​CHICLA  102 Introduction to Comparative US Ethnic and American Indian Studies3
FOLKLORE/​AFRICAN  210 The African Storyteller3
FOLKLORE/​AFRICAN  270 The Hero and Trickster in African Oral Traditions3
FOLKLORE 320 Folklore of Wisconsin3
FOLKLORE/​LITTRANS/​MEDIEVAL/​RELIG ST  342 In Translation: Mythology of Scandinavia3-4
FOLKLORE/​LITTRANS/​MEDIEVAL  345 In Translation: The Scandinavian Tale and Ballad3-4
FOLKLORE/​LITTRANS/​MEDIEVAL  346 In Translation: The Icelandic Sagas3-4
FOLKLORE/​LITTRANS  347 In Translation: Kalevala and Finnish Folk-Lore3-4
FOLKLORE/​MUSIC  401 Musical Cultures of the World3
FOLKLORE/​MUSIC  402 Musical Cultures of the World3
FOLKLORE/​MUSIC  404 Music of S.E. Asia: Tradition, Innovation, Politics, and Religion3
FOLKLORE/​AMER IND/​ANTHRO  431 American Indian Folklore3
FOLKLORE/​AMER IND/​ANTHRO/​GEN&WS  437 American Indian Women3
FOLKLORE/​SCAND ST  440 Scandinavian American Folklore3
FOLKLORE/​SCAND ST  443 Sami Culture, Yesterday and Today4
FOLKLORE/​SLAVIC  444 Slavic and East European Folklore3
FOLKLORE/​MEDIEVAL/​SCAND ST  446 Celtic-Scandinavian Cultural Interrelations3
FOLKLORE 517 The Irish Tradition3
FOLKLORE 518 The Scottish Tradition3
FOLKLORE/​MUSIC  535 American Folk and Vernacular Music3
FOLKLORE 540 Local Culture and Identity in the Upper Midwest3
FOLKLORE 630 Seminar on American Folklore3
FOLKLORE/​DS  640 Topics in Ethnographic Textiles3

Issues, Theories, Methods:

FOLKLORE/​ANTHRO  344 Anthropological Approaches to Folklore3
FOLKLORE/​GEN&WS  428 Gender and Expressive Culture3
FOLKLORE/​GEN&WS  467 Women and Politics in Popular Culture and Folklore3
FOLKLORE/​AFRICAN  471 Oral Traditions and the Written Word3-4
FOLKLORE/​L I S  490 Field Methods and the Public Presentation of Folklore3
FOLKLORE 491 Practicum in Public Folklore1-3
FOLKLORE 510 Folklore Theory3
FOLKLORE/​MUSIC  515 Proseminar in Ethnomusicology3
FOLKLORE/​ANTHRO  520 Ethnic Representations in Wisconsin4
FOLKLORE/​COM ARTS  522 Digitally Documenting Everyday Communication3
FOLKLORE 530 Topics in Folklore1-3
FOLKLORE 560 Folklore in a Digital Age3
FOLKLORE/​ANTHRO  639 Field School: Ethnography of Wisconsin Festivals6-8

Residence and quality of work

8 certificate credits taken in residence

2.000 GPA in all courses eligible for the certificate

Undergraduate/Special Student Certificates

This certificate may be completed within the context of an undergraduate degree or as a Special student after an undergraduate degree has been awarded from any institution. The certificate may be completed in its entirety while enrolled as a Special student. Candidates are encouraged to contact the certificate coordinator to discuss course enrollment and the sequencing of certificate requirements. 

1. Identify and describe the range and variety of topics folklorists investigate and the professional contexts in which folklorists work.

2. Examine a specific genre of folklore, and differentiate the modes of study folklorists have developed for understanding that genre.

3. Demonstrate familiarity with folklore within one cultural area.

4. Define the theories and methods folklorists address or employ in their work.


Professors Dharwadker, Gilmore (also Landscape Architecture), Layoun, Livorni (also French and Italian), Rosenblum (also Center for Jewish Studies)

Associate Professors Livanos, Statkiewicz

Assistant Professors Fielder, Grunewald (also Legal Studies), Neyrat, Wells

Academic Staff Beatriz Botero


Professors Adler (German, Nordic, and Slavic), Casid (Art History), Garlough (Gender and Women's Studies), Goodkin (French and Italian), Guyer (English), Longinovic (German, Nordic, and Slavic),  Kapust (Political Science), Santos (University of Coimbra, Portugal)

Academic Staff: Scott Mellor (German, Nordic, and Slavic), Ruth Olson (Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures)

Honorary Affiliates

Professors Brenner (Center for Jewish Studies), Bühnemann (Asian Languages and Cultures), Gross (German, Nordic, and Slavic), Klug (Law)