Western Kentucky University is a public university in Bowling Green, Kentucky. It was founded by the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1906, though its roots reach back a quarter-century earlier. It operates regional campuses in Glasgow, Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, and Owensboro. The main campus, which has been undergoing expansion and renovation since the 1990s, sits atop a hill overlooking the Barren River valley.
WKU is home to a master's degree program in folklore. It is unique among American folklore programs for its public folklore program and is one of the few schools in Kentucky to offer a focus in historic preservation.
A doctoral program (EdD) in educational leadership has been offered at WKU since 2009.
WKU's Regional Campuses are in Glasgow, Elizabethtown-Fort Knox and Owensboro.