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Graduate Degree Programs

Folklore and Ethnography

Simon J. Bronner, Ph.D.
Penn State Harrisburg
American Studies Program
777 West Harrisburg Pike
Middletown, PA 17057
Phone: 717-948-6201
Fax: 717-948-6724
Email: amstd@psu.edu

This 15-credit graduate certificate program offered at Penn State Harrisburg provides students with skills and practices used in projects and institutions of folklore and ethnography, which include field/folk schools and other educational settings, festivals and arts councils, historical and heritage societies, community and cultural organizations and centers, archives and record management programs, governmental agencies, cultural conservation/sustainability groups, and media production companies. The Folklore and Ethnography certificate is awarded for successful completion of 9 credits of prescribed courses plus 6 credits of electives from an approved list of courses. Students must earn a grade of B or above in each course that counts toward the certificate program.

Admission Requirements:
An applicant must hold either a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates.

A candidate in the certificate program may also become a candidate in the M.A. and Ph.D. in American Studies, M.A. in Communications, or M.A. in Humanities if the candidate meets criteria for admission to the Graduate School and to the graduate program; however, successful completion of the certificate neither implies nor guarantees admission to a graduate program at Penn State. Students enrolled in these or other degree programs may apply credits earned toward the certificate as elective credits with program approval. Students enrolled in doctoral degree programs who desire to include the coursework toward the certificate in their programs are normally limited in their choices of electives to 500-level courses. Doctoral students should check with their program advisers on their program requirements. Up to 15 credits of coursework taken in nondegree status can count towards a graduate degree.

GPA REQUIREMENT
Applicants are expected to have 2.75 GPA or above in the last two years of undergraduate work in folklore, anthropology, sociology, American Studies, ethnic studies, history, communications, or other fields related to folklore and ethnography.

PRESCRIBED COURSES

AMERICAN STUDIES (AM ST)

  • 530. TOPICS IN AMERICAN FOLKLORE (3)
  • 531. MATERIAL CULTURE AND FOLKLIFE (3)
  • 540. ETHNOGRAPHY AND SOCIETY (3)

In addition to the 9 credits of prescribed coursework, students must select 6 credits from the following list of elective courses.

AMERICAN STUDIES (AM ST)

  • 422. (RL ST 422) RELIGION AND AMERICAN CULTURE (3 PER SEMESTER,
    MAXIMUM OF 6)
  • 439. AMERICAN REGIONAL CULTURES (3-6)
  • 448. (ANTH 448) ETHNOGRAPHY OF THE UNITED STATES (3)
  • 480. MUSEUM STUDIES (3)
  • 481. HISTORIC PRESERVATION (3)
  • 482. PUBLIC HERITAGE (3)
  • 483. ORAL HISTORY (3)
  • 493. (ENGL 493) THE FOLKTALE IN AMERICAN LITERATURE (3)
  • 550. SEMINAR IN PUBLIC HERITAGE (3)
  • 551. SEMINAR IN LOCAL AND REGIONAL STUDIES (3)
  • 592. FIELD EXPERIENCE IN AMERICAN STUDIES (3)
  • 595.  INTERNSHIP (1-12)

Substitution of topical courses and seminars with variable content related to folklore and ethnography  for elective credits is possible with approval in advance from the certificate coordinator.

Effective Semester:  Summer 2014
Expiration Semester: Spring 2019

 

 

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