The only Anglophone university in Canada to offer comprehensive folklore programs at all levels, Memorial is also a vital part of its community - one steeped in unique lifestyles and traditions, and where the study and celebration of culture and heritage is considered crucial. This provides folklorists with rich opportunities for innovative community partnerships and learning experiences.
In the nearly 50 years since its creation, Memorial's Department of Folklore has built an international reputation as a thriving, imaginative, eclectic and highly professional department.
Ethnographic field research practices are fundamental to folklore studies.
Training in folklore studies offers valuable preparation for careers in a variety of cultural enterprises, particularly those involving intangible cultural heritage.
Graduates of our program teach at universities and colleges in many parts of North America and Europe, not only in folklore departments but also as interdisciplinary appointments in fields such as communications, dance ethnography, English, French and women's studies.
Not all have followed academic careers; our graduates have also gone on to work in museums, archives, print and broadcast media, public sector folklore and arts administration.