Folklore Minor

Department of American Studies

http://amerstud.unc.edu

204 Greenlaw Hall, CB# 3520

(919) 962-5481

Elizabeth Engelhardt, Chair

Gabrielle Berlinger, Director of Undergraduate Studies

amstdus@unc.edu

The Department of American Studies is one of the longest-standing interdisciplinary programs at UNC–Chapel Hill, with roots in the study of folklore and the American South going back to the 1920s.

Department Programs

Majors

Minors

Graduate Programs

Requirements

In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must:

  • take at least nine hours of their minor course requirements at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum of 12 hours of C or better in the minor (some minors require more)

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

The minor consists of five courses. At least one course must be at the 300 level or above.

Core Requirements
FOLK/ANTH/ENGL 202Introduction to Folklore3
Three core content courses from the list below 19
One ethnographic-intensive course from the list below 13
Total Hours15
1

 Courses listed more than once can be counted for only one category.

Core Content Courses

AMST 266The Folk Revival: The Singing Left in Mid-20th-Century America3
AMST 283American Home3
AMST 284Visual Culture3
AMST 340American Indian Art and Material Culture through Interdisciplinary Perspectives3
AMST 350Main Street Carolina: A Cultural History of North Carolina Downtowns H3
AMST 475Documenting Communities H3
AMST 482Images of the American Landscape3
AMST 485Folk, Self-Taught, Vernacular, and Outsider Arts3
AMST 489Writing Material Culture3
AMST/FOLK 375Carolina Cooks, Carolina Eats: North Carolina Food and Culture3
AMST/HIST 671Introduction to Public History3
AMST/JWST 486Shalom Y'all: The Jewish Experience in the American South3
AMST/JWST/WGST 253A Social History of Jewish Women in America3
FOLK 476Graffiti, Gods, and Gardens: Urban Folklore3
FOLK 490Topics in Folklore3
FOLK 550Introduction to Material Culture3
FOLK 560Southern Literature and the Oral Tradition3
FOLK 690Studies In Folklore3
FOLK/AAAD 480Vernacular Traditions in African American Music4
FOLK/ANTH 334Art, Nature, and Religion: Cross-Cultural Perspectives3
FOLK/ANTH 340Southern Styles, Southern Cultures4
FOLK 424Ritual, Festival, and Public Culture3
FOLK/ANTH 675Ethnographic Method3
FOLK/ANTH/LING 484Discourse and Dialogue in Ethnographic Research3
FOLK/ANTH 537/WGST 438Gender and Performance: Constituting Identity3
FOLK/COMM/HIST/WGST 562Oral History and Performance H3
FOLK/ENGL 310Fairy Tales3
FOLK/ENGL 487Everyday Stories: Personal Narrative and Legend3
FOLK/HIST 571Southern Music3
FOLK/HIST 670Introduction to Oral History3
FOLK/JWST 481The Changing Lives of Jewish Objects3
FOLK/JWST 505Traditions in Transition: Jewish Folklore and Ethnography3
ANTH 356Artisans and Global Culture: Economic, Historical, Experiential, and Cross-Cultural Dimensions H3
ANTH 454The Archaeology of African Diasporas3
MUSC 144Introduction to Country Music3
MUSC 291Music and Politics3
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Ethnographic-Intensive Course

AMST 475Documenting Communities H3
AMST 482Images of the American Landscape3
FOLK 476Graffiti, Gods, and Gardens: Urban Folklore3
FOLK 550Introduction to Material Culture3
FOLK/AAAD 480Vernacular Traditions in African American Music4
FOLK/ANTH 424Ritual, Festival, and Public Culture3
FOLK/ANTH 675Ethnographic Method3
FOLK/ANTH/LING 484Discourse and Dialogue in Ethnographic Research3
FOLK/ENGL 487Everyday Stories: Personal Narrative and Legend3
FOLK/JWST 481The Changing Lives of Jewish Objects3
FOLK/JWST 505Traditions in Transition: Jewish Folklore and Ethnography3
ANTH 477Visual Anthropology3
ANTH 625Ethnography and Life Stories3
WGST 230Women in Contemporary Art: A Field Study3
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

AMST 396, FOLK 490, or FOLK 690 may be counted if appropriate with permission of the director of undergraduate studies.

Many of these courses fulfill the experiential education component of the General Education requirements.

See program page here for special opportunities.