Folklore Studies USU

Utah State University's nationally recognized Folklore Program offers an undergraduate minor in Folklore and a Master's Degree in American Studies with a concentration in Folklore. The Program provides a flexible and interdisciplinary approach to study with small class sizes, student-centered faculty, and close interaction between faculty and students.

Faculty include Professors Lisa Gabbert, Patricia Gant, Lynne McNeill, Steve Siporin (Director), and Jeannie Thomas (Head, USU English Department).

The Fife Folklore Archives, an integral part of USU's cultural studies, is one of the largest repositories of American folklore in the United States, housing the G. Malcolm Laws Ballad Collection, the Wayland D. Hand Collection of American Popular Belief and Superstition, an extensive collection of student-collected folklore, and many oral history collections. Established in 1972, the Fife Archives is part of Utah State University Libraries' Special Collections and Archives where the historical American Folklore Society Manuscript Collection is housed. Randy Williams ( is Curator.


Browse the Folklore Studies USU Collections:

Digital Folklore Project

Fife Honor Lecture

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Student Folklore Fieldwork

USU Press holdings