Minor in Folklore and Mythology

Stories told in both sacred and secular contexts, along with festivals, foods, music, material objects, and other traditional art forms, continue to influence our lives. This interdisciplinary minor offers students tools to explore the compelling meanings within these seemingly simple, everyday cultural texts, and helps them become more aware of the ways these texts are used by individuals and institutions for various goals. Students study folklore and mythology by juxtaposing the multiple viewpoints of anthropology, art history, classical studies, literary studies, and religious studies.

Faculty

Burek, Dakake, Decaroli, Gatling (coordinator), Gilman, Lattanzi Shutika, Usher, Winkler

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Minor Requirements

Total credits: minimum 18

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Core Courses

Required course: 3
Folklore and Folklife
Select at least one course from the following: 3-15
Topics in Myth and Literature
Topics in Folklore Studies
Folklore and the Supernatural
Folk Arts and Folk Artists
Ethnicity and Migration in Folklore
Total Credits 6-18

Elective

Select at most four courses from the following: 0-12
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (Mason Core)
Myth, Magic, and Mind (Mason Core)
ANTH 345
Ritual and Power in Social Life
Culture, Power, History
Language and Culture
Symbols and Stories in Art (Mason Core)
Art and Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (Mason Core)
Greek Art and Archaeology (Mason Core)
Roman Art and Archaeology (Mason Core)
Arts of India (Mason Core)
Arts of Southeast Asia (Mason Core)
Arts of China (Mason Core)
CLAS 250
Classical Mythology (Mason Core)
CLAS 340
Greek and Roman Epic (Mason Core)
CLAS 390
Topics in Classical Literature and Culture (when the topic is Greek Myth and Literature)
RS: Topics in Folklore Research (Mason Core)
Internship (when an approved internship in folklore)
RS: Writing Ethnography (Mason Core)
Independent Study
The Human Religious Experience (Mason Core)
Religions of the West (Mason Core)
Religions of Asia (Mason Core)
Death and the Afterlife in World Religions
Total Credits 0-12