Tradicional Culture and Latvian Folklore


Course Brief

Budget and fee chargingstudy places: The studies at the Latvian Academy of Culture may be funded from the national budget of the Republic of Latvia in the tender procedure, if the international applicant is a citizen of the EU, EEC, Swiss Confederation citizenor a permanent resident of the EU, provided that the applicant’s knowledge of the Latvian language corresponds to the CEFR level A2 (for further information please see: Otherwise the applicant is entitled only to the fee charging study places.

Full-time studies: 4 years (8 semesters)

Received degree: Bachelor of Arts

Language of Tuition: Latvian


The goal of this subprogramme is to provide practical knowledge regarding traditional culture and Latvian folklore and also indirect programs of folklore, for example, archeology, mythology, etc. 

Students who are a part of this program gain knowledge in literature, art, music, history of philosophy and theory, logic, cultural anthropology, foreign languages, and others. Students also have the opportunity to experience work outside of the university- they go on field trips and conduct research projects. They utilize their knowledge of folklore in cultural documentation, archeological findings, etc.   

Graduates go on to work in cultural organizations, museums, and other locations. Graduates also have the option of receiving their masters degree in social studies at the Latvian Academy of Culture or another university.

  • Introduction to the Theory of Culture
  • Semiotics of Culture
  • The History of Philosophy
  • Western Philosophy of the 20th Century
  • The History and Theory of World Art
  • The Trends of W-European Art in the 20th Century
  • The History of World Literature
  • The History and Theory of World Music
  • The History and Theory of World Theatre
  • The Theory of Folklore
  • Culture Anthropology
  • Psychoanalysis and Culture
  • Logic
  • Contemporary Folklore Studies: Theory, Tendencies, Methods
  • Analysis of Folklore Texts
  • History of Ancient Culture
  • Foreign Language (English, German, French)
  • Introduction to Research
  • Literatura and Folklore
  • The Baltic Ethnogenesis
  • Baltic Mythology
  • The Theory of Literature
  • History of Latvian Art
  • The History of Latvian Literature
  • The History of Latvian Theatre
  • The History of Latvian Music
  • Introduction to Archeology
  • Archeology and Folklore
  • The Hillforts of Latvia
  • The History of Latvia:Sources and Historiography
  • Introduction to Ethnography
  • The History of Latvian Folklore Studies
  • Lithuanian Folklore and Mythology
  • Finno-Ugric Folklore in the Baltic States
  • Ancient Cult Sites of Latvia
  • Folk Music
  • Practice in the Archives of Latvian Folklore
  • Complex Field-Research
  • Internship
  • Lithuanian
  • The Problems of Latvian Ancient History of Culture
  • Latvian Dialectology
  • Language Culture
  • Latin
  • Traditional Singing
  • Second Foreign Language (Spanish, Italian, French etc.)
  • Basics of Stage Speech


The Academy takes into account the scores of several examinations:     

  • The applicant takes the English (or French, or German) foreign language examination at the Latvian Academy of Culture during the entrance examinations.
  • The mark(s) in the first language and literature is/are registered based on the Secondary Education Certificate’s Academic Transcript.
  • Essay about a literary theme, that displays a creative reflection about the given theme, displays a balance between facts and opinions, displays the ability to argue and stand up for the student’s beliefs, and displays the ability to answer questions regarding classic and modern day cultural questions.
Iveta Tāle

Folkloriste I.Tāle Akadēmijā ieguvusi bakalaura un maģistra grādu. Kopš 2001. gada strādā par lektori Kultūras teorijas un vēstures katedrā.

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