FACULTY OF ARTS

FOLKLORE PROGRAMS AND REGULATIONS

GENERAL DEGREE

The study of Folklore deals with oral literature and traditional culture. Students study both the form and function of various kinds of Folklore. They also examine the influence of oral tradition upon written literatures.

A student benefits by coming to the study of Folklore with a strong concentration in one of the affiliated fields, such as English or other modern literature, Classics, Linguistics, Sociology and Anthropology, Geography, History, Psychology, or Religious Studies. (Certain specialized areas of Folklore call for training in Biology.)

A student interested in Folklore is advised to take several courses in Anthropology and at least an introductory course in language and dialect. Other courses should be complementary to the area of special interest. A student whose major interest is Newfoundland Folklore should have, for example, courses in Newfoundland Geography and Newfoundland History; and courses in the History and Geography of Ireland and England would be desirable. One interested primarily in Canadian Folklore would do well also to study the Geography, History and Literature of Canada. Such combinations of reinforcing courses in History, Geography, Literature, etc., can be varied according to the student's needs and goals.

Folklore 1000 (or 2000*) is the prerequisite for all other courses in Folklore, except 1050, 1060 and those courses cross-listed with other Departments.

* Inactive Course

MAJOR IN FOLKLORE

A student registered to major in Folklore must take a minimum of 36 credit hours in courses as follows:

a) Fifteen required credit hours: 1000 (or 2000*), 2100, 2300, 2401*, 2500;
b) Six credit hours from Group A - Folk Literature Genres: 3100, 3130, 3200, 3250, 3300*, 3450;
c) Six credit hours from Group B - Folklife Genres: 3001, 3606, 3700, 3820, 3830, 3850, 3860, 4460;
d) Six credit hours from Group C - Topics: not more than 3 of which can be taken from courses at the 1000 level: 1050, 1060, 3460, 3618, 3800*, 3900, 3910, 3920*, 3930, 3940, 3950, 4440, 4480;
e) Three credit hours from Group D - Regions: 2230, 4300, 4310, 4320*, 4350*, 4360*, 4370, 4400*, 4410*, 4420*.

* Inactive Course

Students who declare a major in Folklore should have completed Folklore 1000 (or 2000*); it is recommended that students intending to major in Folklore take Folklore 2100 as early in their programs as possible.

All students who major in Folklore will be assisted by a faculty advisor who will help them in planning their academic program. Consequently, it is essential that students consult with the Department at an early stage in their studies.

* Inactive Course

MINOR IN FOLKLORE

A student declaring a minor in Folklore must take a minimum of 24 credit hours including:

a) Fifteen required credit hours: 1000 (or 2000*), 2100, 2300, 2401*, 2500;
b) Nine additional credit hours in Folklore - not more than 3 of which can be taken from courses at the 1000 level.

Students who declare a minor in Folklore should have completed Folklore 1000 (or 2000*); it is recommended that students intending to minor in Folklore take Folklore 2100 as early in their programs as possible.

* Inactive Course

HONOURS DEGREE IN FOLKLORE

See General Regulations for Honours Degree. An Honours candidate in Folklore must complete a minimum of 60 credit hours, including the 36 as prescribed for the Major in Folklore. The remaining courses will normally include ONE of the following options:

a) Folklore 400X
b) Folklore 4998
c) Folklore 4999

JOINT HONOURS DEGREE IN FOLKLORE AND ANOTHER MAJOR DISCIPLINE

See General Regulations for Honours Degree. A minimum of 84 credit hours in the two subjects selected, with the approval of the Heads of both Departments, is required.

Of the credit hours required in the two subjects selected, not fewer than 42, and not more than 51, must come from each discipline. The candidate may choose the discipline in which to complete the Honours Essay or the Comprehensive Examination. If the student chooses the 400X option, the Folklore component will consist of the major in Folklore plus 400X, for a maximum of 51 credit hours in Folklore. Students are advised to choose an option as soon as possible after declaring the second subject of the Joint Honours degree.


Last modified on June 4, 2003 by R. Bruce

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