Folklore & Public Culture (FLR)

The interdisciplinary Folklore and Public Culture Program offers perspectives on ethnic, regional, occupational, gender, and other traditional identities of individuals in specific societies and cultures. Students study how traditions enrich and express the dynamics of human behavior worldwide. Folklore and Public Culture courses examine the historical, cultural, social, political, and economic dimensions of such expressive forms as mythology, legend, folktale, art, music, dance, culinary practices, religion, ritual, and ceremony. Theoretical analyses, research methods, and fieldwork techniques are integral parts of the curriculum. Folklore and Public Culture graduates work in public and private agencies as educators, archivists, editors, arts and humanities consultants, museum curators, and festival planners.
Top Five
Reasons to Study
This Major
  1. Explore forms of cultural expression, tradition, and community-building.

  2. Develop practical research and data skills.

  3. Gain understanding of how cultures use performance, memory, and identity.

  4. Become an informed and engaged global citizen.

  5. Prepare yourself for a wide variety of future careers or further studies.

College of Arts and Sciences
Where Can I Go?

Students in Folklore and Public Culture may choose to pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA), a Master of Arts (MA), or a Master of Science (MS). Folklore provides students with a foundation for employment in:

Colleges and universities

Research institutes

Museums and archives

State and local government

Arts councils

Arts festivals

Non-profit organizations

Libraries and special collections

Historical preservation societies

New media, online media, newspapers and magazines
Alumni Jobs


Museum director

Museum curator


Project geologist

Scientific illustrator
Courses You
May Need

1st Year
FLR 250 (or take 2nd/3rd year); 1st year of a second language (12 credits)

2nd Year
2-4 dept approved FLR 1xx-2xx courses (8-16 creds); 2nd year of a second language (12 creds)

3rd Year
FLR 365; 4-8 dept. approved FLR 3xx-4xx courses (16-32 credits)

4th Year
4-8 dept. approved FLR 3xx-4xx courses (16-32 credits)

Major Credits
Required 32 credits
Electives 16 credits

Total 48 credits

Core Education Requirements

BS or BA Degree Minimum = 180 credits.

Core Education is approximately 71—83 credits depending on transfer credits and placement scores and requires courses in:


Math and/or CS (BS) or Language (BA)

US: Difference, Inequality, Agency

Global Perspectives

Areas of Inquiry in:

Arts and Letters

Social Science / Science
What Will I Learn?

Critical thinking and reasoning

Analytical methods

Written and oral communication

Library research and information science

Cross-cultural communication and collaboration

Cultural resource management

Museum conservation

Grant writing and fundraising

Program management and development
Experiential learning opportunities

Fieldwork research


Museum and Public Culture practicums
Specialized Courses

Magic in the Middle Ages [Folklore]

Food and Culture [Anthropology]

Anthropology of Pirates and Piracy [Anthropology]

Monsters, Heroes, and Monster Theory [German and Scandinavian]

Norse Mythology [German and Scandinavian]

African Dance Aesthetics [Dance]

American Ethnic and Protest Music [Music]

Folklore and Gender [Folklore]

Folklore and US Popular Culture [Folklore]

Folklore and Sexuality [Folklore]

Voices of Africa [Folklore]

Folklore and Public Culture [Folklore]
Add A Minor Or Certificate


Comics and Cartoon Studies

Creative Writing

Global Studies

Medieval Studies

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An equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. This publication will be made available in accessible formats upon request. © 2020 University of Oregon. Revised: 8/13/2020