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. 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.

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 World3
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/​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/​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/​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

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. 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.

Students interested in the Folklore Certificate should contact Joanna Schuth (; 608-262-1390) for more assistance.

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