Degree Programs

Minor in Folklore and Mythology

Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures

College of Arts & Sciences

Faculty Advisor for the Minor: Prof. Brenna Byrd - brennabyrd@uky.edu

Folklore and mythology can serve to increase your ability to understand ancient and medieval as well as contemporary societies from within; help you gain insights into the culturally diverse ways people think and act; give voice to those peoples and groups of peoples traditionally silenced by "high" culture; allow you to see how people symbolize, critique, and/or subvert the prevailing dominant cultures; and help you articulate how the past shapes present attitudes, beliefs, and concerns.  All courses are taught in English.

NOTE: Students who entered UK prior to Fall 2016 may choose to fulfill the older set of requirements; consult the website for info.

The minor in folklore and mythology requires a minimum of 18 hours to include the following:

1. Core Requirements – 9 hours

  • CLA 135 Greek and Roman Mythology  or  CLA 100 Ancient Stories in Modern Films (3)
  • GER 103 Fairy Tales in the European Context (3)
  • MCL 270 Introduction to Folklore and Mythology (3)

Students in this minor must also satisfy the current A&S Language Requirement, regardless of their college. The minor is not restricted to A&S majors.

2. Elective Requirements - 6 hours  

Choose from the following courses:    

  • CLA 331 Gender and Sexuality in Antiquity  (3)
  • CLA 382 Greek and Roman Religion (3)
  • FR 263 African and Caribbean Literature and Culture of French Expression in Translation (3)
  • GER 363 Germanic Mythology (3)
  • MCL135 Vampires: Evolution of a Sexy Monster (3)
  • MCL 595 Special Topics in Folklore and Myth (3)
  • RUS 370 Russian Folklore (3)

3. Elective – 3 hours

Choose either from courses not already taken among those listed in Elective Requirements above, or other courses approved by the minor advisor, or from the following list.  MCL 100, MCL 200, MCL 375 and MCL 376 may also count toward the Folklore/Mythology minor.

4. Minors must also fulfill the A&S language requirement.

  • AAS 200 Introduction to African-American Studies
  • AAS 325 History of Pre-Colonial Africa
  • AAS 254 History of Colonial & Post-Colonial Africa
  • ANT 220 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • ANT 241 Origins of Old World Civilization
  • ANT 242 Origins of New World Civilization
  • ANT 245 Food Culture & Society
  • ANT 301 History of Anthropological Theory
  • ANT 326 People & Cultures of Sub-Saharan Africa
  • ANT 327 Culture & Societies of India & South Asia
  • ANT 328 The Ancient Maya
  • ANT 401 Gender Roles in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • ANT 450 Symbols & Culture
  • ANT 470G Regional American Ethnography
  • APP 200 Introduction to Appalachian Studies
  • APP 300* Topics in Appalachian Studies
  • APP 311 Appalachian English
  • CLA 462G Topics in Classical Literature
  • ENG 260 Introduction To Black Writers
  • ENG 271 The Bible as Literature
  • ENG 274 Classics of Western Literature
  • ENG 492G* Cultural Studies
  • ENG 519 Introduction to Old English
  • GER 326 The German Cultural Tradition I
  • GER 312* Introduction to German Literature: Popular Forms
  • GWS 200 Sex & Power
  • GWS 201 Gender & Popular Culture
  • GWS 300* Topics in Gender & Women’s Studies
  • GWS 301* Crossroads
  • GWS 302* Gender Across the World
  • HIS 521 European Social History, 1400-1800
  • HIS 563 Intellectual & Cultural History of  Russia to 1800
  • HIS 580 History of Appalachia
  • LAS 201 Introduction to Latin America
  • LIN 311 Appalachian English
  • LIN 317* Language & Society
  • LIN 325 Language & Culture
  • LIN 506 Sociolinguistics
  • LIN 507 Linguistic Anthropology
  • MAT 247 Dress & Culture
  • MUS 300 History of Jazz
  • MUS 301 Appalachian Music
  • MUS 335 Exploring World Music & Ethnomusicology
  • SOC 350* Topics in Sociology
  • WRD 308 Visual Rhetoric

*approved for the minor when the topic of the course is appropriate, as determined by the minor adviser

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