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Now accepting applications to the nationally renowned MA program in folk studies. Welcoming the Kentucky Archaeological Survey to WKU.

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 survey of recent graduates:

  • 88% of graduates of our Masters of Arts in Folk Studies program are employed in a job related to our field or were accepted into doctoral programs after graduating
  • 73% of our undergraduate Folklore Minors were employed after graduation
  • 17% of our Minors went on to a graduate program after graduation
  • 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 following graduation
  • 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.

Department Head and Director, Anthropology Program
Darlene Applegate, Ph.D., RPA
(270) 745-5898

Director, Folk Studies Program
Ann K. Ferrell, Ph.D.
(270) 745-5896

Director, Kentucky Folklife Program
Brent Björkman, M.A.
(270) 745-4133

Director, Kentucky Archaeological Survey
David Pollack, Ph.D.
(270) 745-6549

Office Associate
Donna Schulte, B.F.A.
(270) 745-5295


237 Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center  |  Potter College of Arts and Letters  |  Western Kentucky University  |   1906 College Heights Blvd. #61029  |  Bowling Green, KY 42101-1029  |  Email: fsa@wku.edu | Phone: (270) 745-6549  |  Fax: (270) 745-6889   

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