Historic Preservation Option
CoriAnn and Rebekah working on the Gardner House.
While firmly grounded in the folk studies curriculum, the historic preservation option introduces students to the multiple facets of historic preservation and cultural conservation theory and practice. Internships with a variety of local, regional, and national institutions will also provide opportunity for practical work experience in historic preservation.
Plan C requires a minimum of 36 hours of course work plus the research tool. Specific requirements are FLK 569 (Folklore Genres) (must be taken in the first year), 577 (Folklore Theory), 578 (Folklore Fieldwork), and three of the following genre courses: FLK 561 (Folk Arts and Technology), 571 (Folk Narrative), 575 (Folk Belief), 576 (American Tradition Music). In addition, FLK 470G (Museum Procedures/Preservation Techniques), 464G (Vernacular Architecture), 560 (Cultural Conservation), and FLK 589 (Internship) are required. The student must select 9-12 hours of preservation electives chosen with the advisor's approval (hours depend on whether FLK 578 is used as the research tool).
The research tool requirement may be met by demonstrating proficiency in a foreign language or by completing FLK 578 and taking an additional folklore course. The student must also pass a comprehensive written examination based on course work and a program reading list and submit a web portfolio of professional-level work for the degree.