Our courses examine specific traditions in places such as the United States, Ireland, the Caribbean, China, or Africa. In looking at how traditions are created and carried forward, we pay close attention to topics that touch our lives every day: health and illness, superstition, urban legends, social movements, commemoration, the internet, cultural diversity, and more.

The popular courses below give a sense of what is available to undergraduates interested in the rich history of stories, music, and other forms of expression around the world.

Highlighted courses

Gender & Fairy Tales

This course introduces students to the history, theory, and methods associated with the study of fairy tales with a focus on gender and expose students to global versions of tales in a range of media like oral, written, visual, performed, and virtual formats.

Latin American Music & Culture

In this class students will closely listen to the rich and diverse musical traditions of Latin America. This survey course will look at multiple genres, including salsa, reggaeton, Latin rock, merengue, tango, cumbia, and bachata, and explore the cultural, social, political, and economic forces that shape them.