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Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology

Thank you for your interest in Folk Studies and Anthropology! Our department offers an undergraduate major in Anthropology, minors in Folklore and in Anthropology, a Masters 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 programs, the Kentucky Folklife Program and the Kentucky Archaeological Survey.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, WKU underwent a university-wide self-evaluation of academic programs (the Comprehensive Academic Program Evaluation, or CAPE). As a result of this process, we are proud to announce that the relevance and success of our degree programs have been reaffirmed.  We will continue to offer all of the programs listed above, as well as our wide range of courses. We look forward to building on our existing strengths and creating more opportunities for our students to engage in career-focused areas such as applied anthropology and museum studies.

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


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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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