MA/MS in Folklore Studies

Graduate Program

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In the Folklore Master’s program at USU, you will study an interdisciplinary field located between literature and anthropology. A primary emphasis in folklore studies is on tradition and how it manifests in the contemporary world. A second emphasis is on vernacular practices that are generated by people informally— from stories, songs, and festivals to beliefs, conspiracy theories, and internet memes. You will document, analyze, and interpret artistic traditions and in doing so become highly skilled culture brokers and adept communicators. You will also have the opportunity to work closely with the Fife Folklore Archives, one of the largest repositories of American folklore in the United States, and the Digital Folklore Project which tracks digital folklore trends on an annual basis. 

Please reach out to Lynne McNeill, the Director of Graduate Studies, for specific programmatic questions. 


  • Folklore: Folklore students study all forms of vernacular folk culture. Folklore classes cover traditions from all over the world and include such topics as folktales, urban legends, personal experience narratives, children’s folklore, folk art, graffiti, the supernatural, etc. The program allows students to choose between two concentrations within the folklore specialization: academic and public folklore. The public folklore concentration prepares them for jobs in academia, government, arts administration, and museum management.
  • American Studies: Currently the American Studies specialization is not accepting new students.

 Career Application

Graduates of the Folklore Master’s program work in a variety of careers both in the academy and public service, as educators, community organizers, museums or archives specialists, public folklorists (in non-profit organizations and state/federal agencies), and more. Some graduates move on to Ph.D. programs to continue their studies in folklore and become university professors or researchers. 

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Program Advisor

Lynne S McNeill

Lynne S McNeill

Associate Professor; Director of Graduate Studies (she/her/hers)

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