The certificate in folklore is available to students working for a baccalaureate degree in any UW–Madison school or college. 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.

Students must meet with the advisor to declare the certificate.

Requirements for the Folklore Certificate

A total of 12 credits to complete the Certificate, to include:1

Category A: Basics, Fieldwork, Documenting, and Preserving

One course and three credits are required, from:

FOLKLORE 100 Introduction to Folklore3
FOLKLORE/​AFROAMER/​AMER IND/​ASIAN AM/​CHICLA  102 Introduction to Comparative US Ethnic and American Indian Studies3
FOLKLORE/​GNS  200 Folklore of Central, Eastern and Northern Europe3
FOLKLORE 230 Introduction to American Folklore3
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/​COM ARTS  522 Digitally Documenting Everyday Communication3

 Category B: Analysis and Focused Topics

One course and three credits are required, from:

FOLKLORE/​MUSIC  103 Introduction to Music Cultures of the World3
FOLKLORE/​AFRICAN  210 The African Storyteller3
FOLKLORE/​ANTHRO/​INTL ST/​LINGUIS  211 Global Language Issues4
FOLKLORE 220 The Folk Tale3
FOLKLORE/​AFRICAN  270 The Hero and Trickster in African Oral Traditions3
FOLKLORE 320 Folklore of Wisconsin3
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/​RELIG ST  352 Shamanism3
FOLKLORE/​MUSIC  401 Musical Cultures of the World3
FOLKLORE/​MUSIC  402 Musical Cultures of the World3
FOLKLORE/​GEN&WS  428 Gender and Expressive Culture3
FOLKLORE/​AMER IND/​ANTHRO  431 American Indian Folklore3
FOLKLORE/​AMER IND/​ANTHRO/​GEN&WS  437 American Indian Women3
FOLKLORE 439 Foodways3
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 451 The Supernatural in the Modern World3
FOLKLORE 460 Folk Epics3
FOLKLORE/​GEN&WS  467 Women and Politics in Popular Culture and Folklore3
FOLKLORE/​AFRICAN  471 Oral Traditions and the Written Word3-4
FOLKLORE 517 The Irish Tradition3
FOLKLORE 518 The Scottish Tradition3
FOLKLORE/​ANTHRO  520 Ethnic Representations in Wisconsin4
FOLKLORE 530 Topics in Folklore1-3
FOLKLORE/​ANTHRO/​MUSIC/​THEATRE  539 The Folklore of Festivals and Celebrations3
FOLKLORE 540 Local Culture and Identity in the Upper Midwest3
FOLKLORE 630 Seminar on American Folklore3
ANTHRO 237 Cut 'n' Mix: Music, Race, and Culture in the Caribbean3
ANTHRO/​LINGUIS  430 Language and Culture3-4
ANTHRO 460 The Anthropology of Dance: Movement and Music in Performance3
LITTRANS 329 The Vampire in Literature and Film3

Residence & quality of work

  • A minimum of 6 certificate credits must be taken in residence
  • 2.000 GPA in all courses eligible for the certificate

Certificate Completion Requirement

This undergraduate certificate must be completed concurrently with the student’s undergraduate degree. Students cannot delay degree completion to complete the certificate.

  1. Demonstrate skill in the methods and productions folklorists employ in their work.
  2. Analyze the connections between expressive performances and the wider workings of culture.
  3. Apply and engage in ethical considerations in research and collaborative practice, particularly with reference to cultural, economic, religious, ethnic, and gender diversity.

Students interested in the Folklore Certificate should contact Joanna Schuth, Undergraduate Advisor, for more assistance.

Joanna Schuth, Undergraduate Advisor
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Folklore Program Core Faculty and Instructional Staff

Folklore Course Teaching Core:

B. Marcus Cederström, Assistant Faculty Associate; German, Nordic and Slavic
Thomas DuBois, Professor; German, Nordic and Slavic
Christine Garlough, Professor; Gender and Women’s Studies
Janet Gilmore, Professor; Planning and Landscape Architecture
Jennifer Gipson, Assistant Professor; French and Italian
Scott Mellor, Faculty Associate; German, Nordic and Slavic
Ruth Olson, Distinguished Faculty Associate; Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures
Anna Rue, Assistant Faculty Associate; Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures

Folklore Cross-listed Course Teaching Core:

Matthew H. Brown, Assistant Professor; African Cultural Studies
Nadia Chana, Assistant Professor; Music: Ethnomusicology
Peggy Choy, Associate Professor; Dance
Rob Howard, Professor; Communication Arts
J. Randolph Valentine, Professor; Language Sciences & American Indian Studies