Concentrators develop skills for understanding past and present societies and their sub-groups through the study of language, traditional expressive forms and ritualized behaviors, drawing on the methodologies of several humanities and social sciences disciplines.
Students focus on how the many phenomena implied by “folklore and mythology” (e.g., folktales, legends, music, dance, rituals, beliefs, customs, law codes, festival celebrations) function at local, regional, and national levels, as well as in daily life; how they are developed, maintained, and used; and how groups define and identify themselves in relation to other groups through and with these expressive forms of behavior. With personalized plans of study with respect to cultures, sub-cultures, time periods, and themes, Concentrators conduct independent research on the material, oral, written, or performed forms of folklore and mythology in their areas of specialization (e.g., African, North and South American, Celtic, Chinese, English, German, Greek, Indian, Japanese, Scandinavian, Slavic). Department Website
Folklore and Mythology: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Academics and Life