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newThis course travels to the nation's capital to engage face-to-face with current folklore leaders in cultural policy as it relates to public folklore documentation, presentation, and conservation within government agencies.



  • Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
  • National Museum of Natural History
  • American Folklife Center
  • National Anthropological Archives
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • Meet with Kentucky congressional Representatives


Learning objectives

  • Achieve an in-depth understanding of the roles of government entities in traditional arts conservations as it relates to public folklore, including policy, archive management, grants management, promotion, and documentation/public dissemination of folk culture.
  • Gain a greater understanding of the depth and breadth of the field of public folklore.
  • Begin networking, with future career goals in mind, with leaders in the fields of Public Folklore, Cultural Resources Management, Intangible Cultural Heritage, and Historic Preservation.
  • Demonstrate through both oral and written means an understanding of the concepts of public folklore in these varied forms as they apply in the specific settings experienced in this course.


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The Program Leaders may determine other eligibility requirements, but at a minimum, all applicants need to meet these requirements: 

  • Graduate student with good academic standing (Graduate Catalog p.30)
  • Current WKU graduate student eligible to register for WKU courses OR graduate students from outside WKU may participate as visiting students.
  • 18 years of age or older at time of departure (parent/guardian permission for anyone under 18 at time of departure).
  • No current disciplinary sanctions as verified by Judicial Affairs.
  • Full payment prior to departure.
  • Completion of all pre-departure orientations.
  • Permission of instructor.
  • Complete Study Away application


Logistical considerations

  • Students should be prepared to conduct themselves in a mature and respectful manner at all times.
  • This program will also include a fair amount of walking. Proper shoes and attire are required.
  • Professional attire is highly recommended for meeting with congressional representatives and folklore policy makers.
  • Expect winter weather, and pack accordingly.


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Program Package

Included in Base Package

  • Graduate tuition for 3 credit hours
  • Six nights of accommodations in Washington DC
  • Airport transportation from Airport to hotel in Washington DC.
  • Course-related ground transportation in Washington DC (Metro Pass)
  • Round-trip flight between Nashville and Washington DC.
  • Two Group Meals

Excluded from Base Package

  • Transportation between your departure airport and your home.
  • Independent travel (non-program travel).
  • Meals, services, and beverages not included during course-related field programs.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, phone service, and Internet access.
  • Tips for guides and drivers not included in program-related activity.
  • Travel cancellation/interruption insurance. Recommended.
  • Baggage fees and costs associated with flight / program changes
  • Any other expenses not explicitly listed above.

Study Away courses are not eligible for employee tuition waivers or discounts. Final program fee subject to change due to travel arrangements.


Planned Schedule

January 11 Travel to Washington, DC
January 12-16 Visit locations in program details
January 17 Return to Nashville.

The schedule is subject to change due to educational opportunities that may arise unexpectedly, the vagaries of weather, and other factors beyond the control of the course instructors and staff.

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link to program details


  • Folk Studies 585:
    Public Folklore Policy and Practices in Washington DC

Faculty Leader


  • Washington DC


  • Winter 2015


  • $1,450 (est)

Funding Options




Western Kentucky University and its associates are not responsible for any loss due to theft, personal injury, flight or weather delays, negligence, or default of suppliers, or suppliers changing of itineraries. They and their associates are not responsible for any loss due to travel/flight delays or changes in travel plans due to Acts of Nature or other unforeseen circumstances, nor are we responsible for accidents and medical care. Tour services are furnished by independent contractors who are not agents or servants of Western Kentucky University. Refunds are not available for unused portions of the package.


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