Concentration Requirements

Concentration (14 courses, 56 Credits)

I. Required courses

  • General Education 1097. Tradition, Performance, and Culture (formerly CB 16)
  • FM 97. Fieldwork and Ethnography in Folklore 
  • FM 98a. Oral Literature & the Theory of Folklore Methodology
  • FM 98. Tutorial-Junior Year (one term)
  • FM 99 (two terms) or Folklore and Mythology 96.r (one or two terms)
  • Approved seminar in Folklore and Mythology
  • Five courses in a special field to be selected with the advice of the Head Tutor or a committee member in that field.
  • Two courses outside the special field, to be selected from among such courses as the committee may designate.

II. Tutorials

  • Sophomore year: Folklore and Mythology 97 required. Letter-graded.
  • Junior year: Folklore and Mythology 98a and b required. Letter-graded.
  • Senior year: Folklore and Mythology 99 (two terms), graded SAT/UNSAT, or Folklore and Mythology 96.r (one or two terms), Letter-graded.

III. Senior Capstone Project (Analytic Thesis, Creative Thesis, or Senior Project): Required of all concentrators in the senior year.

IV. General Examination: Required of all concentrators in the final term of the senior year; includes both a written and an oral component.

V. Other information:

  • Pass/Fail: Courses counting for concentration credit may not be taken Pass/Fail, except that one Freshman Seminar may be counted for concentration credit if the student received a positive evaluation and if permission to do so is obtained from the Head Tutor.
  • Special Fields: Before or during fall term of the junior year each concentrator must choose a special field in consultation with the Head Tutor and an appointed adviser.
  • Language Study: Proficiency in a language other than English, equivalent to that acquired by two years of college study, is highly recommended. Up to three courses of language study may, in individual cases and with the approval of the Head Tutor in consultation with an adviser in the relevant special field, be counted toward concentration. The specifics of language study within the concentration should be discussed at an early stage with the Head Tutor and the adviser in the concentrator’s special field.

[For information on the College Language Requirement and the possibility of receiving a Language Citation from the College for advanced foreign language work, see the Handbook for Students.]

Joint Concentration 

I. Four required half-courses

  • General Education 1097. Tradition, Performance, and Culture (formerly CB 16)
  • FM 97. Fieldwork and Ethnography in Folklore 
  • FM 98a. Oral Literature & the Theory of Folklore Methodology
  • FM 98b. Junior tutorial (may be taken in the Primary Field)
  • Approved seminar in Folklore and Mythology

II. Two related Folklore and Mythology courses approved by the Head Tutor.

III. Senior Honors Thesis (two terms of 99 in the Primary Field, topic approved by the Head Tutors of both fields).

IV. Written General Exam in Folklore and Mythology