The study of folklore is interdisciplinary in nature. It is closely related to anthropology, history, literature, psychology etc. The character of folklore study is reflected in the Department's programme of collection, research and courses. The Department program aims at:
- The collection and documentation of folklore genres and the acquisition of traditional artifacts from different parts of the Sudan
- The training of students in Sudanese, African and Middle Eastern folkloristics as well as in the application of folklore theories arid fieldwork methodology.
- Conducting research on different aspects of folklore. the department dorects its its research program towards sociological, educational and developmental problems, which of relevance to the contemporary Sudan. This attempt is reflected in some of the dissertations presented to the department.
- Folklore Survey
The collection of Sudanese oral traditions and items of material culture is one of the ongoing projects of the department. Besides the staff members, students, teachers, local government officials and rural development officials have participated in the folklore survey. Folklore students have taken this activity as part of their training in collection, preservation and analysis of folklore materials, both oral traditions and cultural articrafts.