|Person-in-Charge||Jeffrey P. Beck|
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.
Effective Semester: Fall 2023
Expiration Semester: Fall 2028
Applicants apply for admission to the program via the Graduate School application for admission. Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-300 Admissions Policies. International applicants may be required to satisfy an English proficiency requirement; see GCAC-305 Admission Requirements for International Students for more information.
Applicants are expected to have 3.00 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. Applicants should submit a 300-500 word statement of interest along with their application to the program.
A student in the certificate program may also become a student in the M.A. and Ph.D. in American Studies, M.A. in Communications, or M.A. in Humanities, if the student 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. Courses taken in the certificate program may be applied toward a graduate degree, subject to restrictions outlined in GCAC-309 Transfer Credit. Certificate students who wish to have certificate courses applied towards a graduate degree must apply and be admitted to that degree program.
Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements listed in Graduate Council policy GCAC-212 Postbaccalaureate Credit Certificate Programs.
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. Substitution of courses related to folklore and ethnography for elective credits is possible with approval in advance from the certificate coordinator.
|AMST 530||Topics in American Folklore||3|
|AMST 531||Material Culture and Folklife 1||3|
|or AMST 541||Ethnography of Technology and Media in the United States|
|AMST 540||Ethnography and Society||3|
|In addition to the 9 credits of prescribed course work, students must select 6 credits from the following list of elective courses:||6|
|American Beliefs and Myths|
|Folk Groups and Genres|
|Ethnography of the United States|
|Public Heritage Practices|
|The Folktale in American Literature|
|Seminar in Public Heritage|
or AMST 495
|Meso-American Archaeology and Ethnography|
|Anthropology of Religion|
|Jewish Communities: Identity, Survival, and Transformation in Unexpected Places|
|Ethnographic Field Methods|
|Educational Ethnography: History, Theory, and Methods|
|Contemporary Educational Ethnography|
|Video Ethnography in Education|
|The International Folktale|
|Myths and Folktales in Children's Literature|
Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.
- Demonstrate knowledge of folklore as a field, including its history, scope, and theories, and ethnography as an important research methodology.
- Understand and apply methods and techniques applicable to folkloristic and ethnographic field research, such as personal or group interviewing, participant observation, field note taking, audio-video recording, ethnographic data coding, and ethnographic writing.
- Develop skills for working with folkloristic and ethnographic organizations, such as archival processing; records management; festival and public programming; cultural resource management; oral and written communication; grant-writing; and media design.
|Graduate Program Head||Jeffrey P Beck|
|Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) or Professor-in-Charge (PIC)||Anthony Bak Buccitelli|