Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology
Thank you for your interest in Folk Studies and Anthropology! Our department offers an undergraduate major in Anthropology, undergraduate minors in Folklore and in Anthropology, a Master of Arts in Folk Studies, a Folk Studies JUMP (Joint Undergraduate-Master's Program), and a number of General Education and Colonnade courses. We also are the home of two award-winning public outreach programs, the Kentucky Folklife Program and the Kentucky Archaeological Survey.
What do I do with a degree in Folklore or Anthropology?
According to a poll of recent graduates from our Masters of Arts in Folk Studies program, 88% of those surveyed are employed in a job related to our field or were accepted into doctoral programs after graduating. Of our undergraduate Folklore Minors surveyed, 73% were employed after graduation and 17% were in a graduate program. Graduates of our programs are public folklorists, museum curators, educators, preservationists, film producers, professors, and even intelligence analysts. According to a recent survey of our undergraduate Anthropology graduates, 74% are employed and 21% progressed on to graduate school! Our former students are working in related fields including contract archaeology, cultural resource management, museums, medical anthropology, visual media, international education, the non-profit sector, and other exciting areas.
Please come visit us in our departmental office in Room 237 of the Ivan Wilson Fine
Arts Center, or contact us for more information.
Download our 2017-2018 department newsletter!
SAVE THE DATE: Kentucky Folklife Gathering May 28th and 29th
Jan 27th, 2020
The Kentucky Folklife Program will be hosting a state-wide meeting for the newly established Kentucky Folklife Network. It will take place in Bowling...
Archaeologist Presents on Native Americans at Paducah Library
Nov 20th, 2019
In celebration of Kentucky Native American Heritage Month, archaeologist Gwynn Henderson of WKU’s Kentucky Archaeological Survey will present "A...