Our department is a world-renowned center for the integrative study of human expressive culture—at home and abroad, in the past and the present, from verbal art and song to music and dance, from custom and ritual to visual arts and material culture.

Check out our website for information about our faculty, students, and their research and teaching interests, as well as for information about our curriculum, degree programs, recent events, and alumni news. 

As always, all are welcome to join us for the IU Folklore reception, held virtually again this year, from 8:45-10:15pm on Wednesday, October 20, 2021.

Get your graduate degree in Folklore at Indiana University!

The Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Folklore and Ethnomusicology. We accept students for graduate work starting in the Fall semester each year.

Applications for Fall 2022 admission are due December 1, 2021


Potential applicants often have questions about the curriculum, steps toward the degree, the application process, funding opportunities, and life in Bloomington. 

Whether or not you have questions, please join us (Pravina Shukla as Director of Graduate Studies and Solimar Otero as Director of the Folklore Institute) for a conversation about the program and application process on Wednesday, October 27 at 3pm (Eastern)

RSVP to Michelle Melhouse to receive a Zoom link. If you cannot make that time but have questions, feel free to contact Dr. Shukla or Dr. Otero.

Our Director of Graduate Studies, Pravina Shukla, has prepared a brief welcome video introducing you to our department and graduate program

Annual Richard M. Dorson Memorial Lecture 

A lecture in this series is held every spring. Named for Richard M. Dorson, this series honors the Indiana University professor credited with establishing folklore studies as an academic discipline in the United States. Professor Dorson directed the IU Folklore Institute for many years, beginning in 1956. He later chaired the Folklore department, until his death in 1981.

Our upcoming lecture is Dr. Terry Gunnell, Professor in Folkloristics from the University of Iceland. His lecture is titled, The Meaning of the Mamuthones. The event will be held on Friday, February 25th, 2022. Time and location will be announced at a later date.

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Alumni, Stay Involved!

There are several ways you can remain involved with the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology after you graduate.

  • Join us for the IU Folklore reception, held virtually again this year, from 8:45-10:15pm on Wednesday, October 20, 2021.
  • Do you have news to share for Traditions, our annual alumni newsletter? Email us!
  • Let us know where your career path takes you. We would be happy to interview you for an alumni profile.
  • Your work or community experience could make an interesting presentation.
  • You might serve as a resource for students considering a career similar to yours.
  • Consider whether your place of employment can provide an internship or a job opportunity for one of our students.
  • Subscribe to our alumni newsletter.

Dept. of Folklore & Ethnomusicology,
Indiana University
800 E 3rd St, 2nd Floor
Bloomington IN 47405
Phone: 812-855-0389