Folklore and Public Culture: MA, MS

The Folklore and Public Culture Program is one of a few major centers of folkloristic research in the United States.

With more than 30 core and participating faculty, the program provides an interdisciplinary approach to a master's degree, allowing students to create a focused course of study in their areas of interest.

Participants in the Folklore and Public Culture Program use theoretical analyses, research methods, and fieldwork techniques to study the ways tradition continues to enrich human behavior throughout the world.

Participants examine the historical, cultural, social, and psychological dimensions of expressive forms such as mythology, legend, folktale, music, dance, art, belief, food, ritual, and ceremony.

Students will gain fresh perspectives on the ethnic, regional, occupational, gender, and other identities of individuals in specific communities.

In consultation with an advising committee, students take designated courses from faculty members in anthropology, arts and administration, English, folklore, German and Scandinavian, and music in addition to elective courses that strengthen their areas of expertise. A public folklore track is available to students preparing for careers in the public sector.

A thesis or terminal project is required for completion of the degree. Students working toward an MA degree must demonstrate competence in a second language.

Application at a Glance

You apply for admission through your program. Detailed instructions are available on the program’s website. The following are required for your application:

Program-Specific Application Requirements:

  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Official or unofficial transcripts from all higher education courses uploaded to application
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Writing Sample


Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MS)
College of Arts and Sciences
Campus: Eugene
Fall Term: Final Deadline - January 15​​​​​​