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, Friday, October 14, 9:00 pm–11:00 pm, in the Promenade Foyer.
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 2023 admission are due December 1, 2022
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 Dr. Jason Baird Jackson for a conversation about the program and application process on Thursday, October 13, 1:15 pm–2:15 pm, in Diplomat.
Our Director of the Folklore Institute, Pravina Shukla, has prepared a brief welcome video introducing you to our department and graduate program.
Read the Newsletter
Our latest issue includes 48 pages of news from alumni, students, faculty and staff.
Follow us on Instagram
Keep up with all of the exciting news and events coming out of the department by following us on Instagram. From student presentations to new publications from faculty and alumni, we will make sure you are in the know on all the great work coming out of Indiana University's Department of Folklore and Enthnomusicology.
Check out SoundLore
SoundLore is the official podcast of the IU Folklore & Ethnomusicology department. Each episode ventures into the research, practices, and projects of folklore and ethnomusicology. Our podcast guests include current and emeritus faculty, students, and alumni from the department, extending the conversation beyond the classroom.
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.
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.
- 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.