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Folklore and Mythology Minor

The Folklore and Mythology minor provides students with an overview of the ways that various artistic features of a culture tell the story of where it has been and where it is going. The folklore and mythology minor deepens students' understanding of how a culture's storytelling contributes to its evolution. This minor can be combined with any major and minor. A minimum of 9 credits must be exclusive to the minor and cannot be counted toward any other majors/minors/certificate programs.

Folklore and Mythology Minor Requirements
(15 credits)

Students must complete 15 credits from the following courses, 9 credits of which must be at the 3000/4000 level:

Select 3 credits from the following courses:

HUMN 2300 - Introduction to World Mythology (3 credits)

This course provides a broad overview of myths from various geographic areas and historical periods, including Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Greek, Roman, Celtic, Germanic, Asian, North and South American, African and Australian traditions. The course emphasizes the importance of myth in world cultures. Prerequisite: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H.

HUMN 2350 - Introduction to Folklore (3 credits)

This course explores various definitions of folklore, focusing on the ways that literature, art, music, performance, and religion all contribute to a culture. Students will be exposed to multiple storytelling techniques and how the many disciplines included in the study of folklore can be understood as forms of narration that tell the story of a culture's evolution. Folklore of different ethnographic backgrounds will be covered, including modern American folklore. Prerequisite: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H. 

Select 12 credits from the following courses:

ARTS 3300 - Myth and Art (3 credits)

COMM 3100 - Gendered Images Pop Culture (3 credits)

This course examines gendered images in popular media other than literature, including film, music videos, television, and comic books, and their impact on mainstream America. Prerequisites: one GEST or COMM course; and COMP 2000 or COMP 2010 or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H.

HUMN 1200 - Introduction to World Religions (3 credits)

This course provides an introduction to significant forms of religion around the world, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Shinto, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, as well as tribal religious traditions and beliefs. The course will focus on the historical development of these faiths, as well as look at the worldview of each of these traditions, to develop a better understanding and appreciation for the diverse religious traditions of the world.

HUMN 2300 - Introduction to World Mythology (3 credits)

This course provides a broad overview of myths from various geographic areas and historical periods, including Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Greek, Roman, Celtic, Germanic, Asian, North and South American, African and Australian traditions. The course emphasizes the importance of myth in world cultures. Prerequisite: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H.

HUMN 2350 - Introduction to Folklore (3 credits)

This course explores various definitions of folklore, focusing on the ways that literature, art, music, performance, and religion all contribute to a culture. Students will be exposed to multiple storytelling techniques and how the many disciplines included in the study of folklore can be understood as forms of narration that tell the story of a culture's evolution. Folklore of different ethnographic backgrounds will be covered, including modern American folklore. Prerequisite: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H. 

HUMN 2400 - Introduction to Celtic Studies (3 credits)

This course provides an introduction to the languages, literatures, history, art, mythology and cultures of the Celtic peoples of Europe, from ancient Gaul, Britain and Ireland to the 21st century. Prerequisites: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H.

HUMN 3300 - Native American Myth and Storytelling (3 credits)

This course will investigate traditional Native American and Inuit (Eskimo) oral narratives, including tales of shamans (medicine men) and tricksters, warriors and corn goddesses. The material will be studied from both native and scholarly perspectives. Students will be exposed to local Native American (i.e. Seminole and Miccosukee) traditions in the course. Prerequisites: HUMN 2300 or HUMN 2350 and COMP 2000, 2010, or 2020 or COMP 2000H.

HUMN 3800 - Mexican Cult of Death in Myth and Literature (3 credits)

This course examines the Mexican Cult of Death as an ubiquitous theme in Mexican arts and letters. Prerequisites: One ARTS, FILM, HIST, HUMN, LITR, or PHIL course; and COMP 2000, 2010, or 2020 or COMP 2000H. 

HUMN 4100 - Death and Dying (3 credits)

A multidisciplinary examination of significant topics related to the process of dying and death, such as changing western attitudes toward death, problems and solutions that may arise for those experiencing the dying process (including the dying, family, and friends), the grieving process, and non-western approaches to death and dying. Prerequisites: one ARTS, HIST, HUMN, FILM, LITR, PHIL, or THEA course; and COMP 2000, COMP 2010, or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H.

HUMN 4200 - Asian Thought (3 credits)

An introduction to the fundamental teachings of significant religious and philosophical systems of Asia, offering a broad overview of such topics as Wu Wei, karma, reincarnation, impermanence, the nature of the mind, the paths of enlightenment, and basic practices such as meditation and compassionate action. Prerequisites: one ARTS, FILM, HIST, HUMN, LITR, PHIL or THEA course; and COMP 2000, COMP 2010, or COMP 2020.

HUMN 4310 - The Vampire (3 credits)

This course investigates the development of the vampire tradition in Eastern and Western myth and legend; 19th and 20th century literacy and artistic representations of the vampire; and psychological and medical explanations of the phenomenon. Prerequisites: one ARTS, HIST, HUMN, LITR, PHIL, or THEA course; and COMP 2000, COMP 2010, or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H. 

LITR 4510 - King Arthur (3 credits)

This course traces the origins and development of the legend of King Arthur, Queen Guinevere, and the Knights of the Round Table from the 5th to the 21st century. Prerequisites: one LITR course; and COMP 2000, COMP 2010, or COMP 2020.

The academic program and curriculum requirements listed on this page are from the NSU Undergraduate Student Catalog. Students are bound by policies and curricula published in the catalog in effect the semester they enter the university, unless an agreement is made with appropriate NSU administration officials allowing them to abide by policies published in a later catalog.

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