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Prospective Students

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The folk studies students involved with the Allen Country Folklife and Oral History Project at the opening event.  


We strongly encourage you to get in touch directly with the department head, Dr. Ann Ferrell, to talk about your interest in the program. She will be happy to chat with you on the phone or via email to answer any of your questions. Better yet, plan a visit to Bowling Green to meet current faculty and students!

Our MA program is unique in offering specialized tracks in public folklore and historic preservation within the Folk Studies program. A more traditional thesis option is also available. We realize that not everyone has had the opportunity to study folklore as undergraduates and we do not have prerequisites for admission to the program.

Students come from all over the country (and the world) to study folklore at Western Kentucky University. Current students come from as far as Iran, Arkansas, and California. WKU Folk Studies students have had undergraduate degrees from institutions as diverse as Wake Forest, Case Western, Vanderbilt, University of Oregon, and, of course, Western Kentucky University. We don't require a background in folklore and our students come to us with a wide range of range of bachelor degrees such as anthropology, poetry, philosophy, library studies, religion, international studies, as well as folklore.

Although you may be admitted to the program as late as early summer, we encourage you to get your application in before early March for full consideration for a graduate assistantship for your first year. 

Wander through our website and check out our student projects (such as the Allen County Folklife and Oral History Project and  folkloristic radio programming), upcoming and past events, internship stories, and job stories. For more information check out our 2010 New Student Handbook. Please let me know what else you need to know. We hope to hear from you soon!


Michael Ann Williams

Department Head, Folk Studies and Anthropology

(270) 745-5898 

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