Associate Professor and Head of the Department
M. Lovelace

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Folklore is offered by part-time and full-time study and is primarily a research degree. The program normally requires extensive fieldwork research in Newfoundland and/or the Maritimes.

Integral to the teaching of the Department of Folklore is the work of the Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive; see section under Master of Arts, Folklore.


1. An applicant for admission to the Ph.D. program in Folklore must hold an M.A. degree in Folklore, or its equivalent as determined by the Head of the Department and the Dean.

2. All Ph.D. students in the Folklore program must complete at least 18 credit hours in program graduate courses which shall include Folklore 7000 and 7100. Candidates will normally be free to choose graduate courses of interest to them in Folklore or related disciplines, though it will be a primary responsibility of their committees to ensure that any serious deficiencies are made good. At the end of the second semester the program and further status of the candidate will be reviewed.

3. Second Language Requirements:

a) All Ph.D. candidates are required to demonstrate an adequate reading knowledge of a second language - normally a common, modern language.

b) Reading knowledge is defined as a minimum B grade in a second-year language course taken within the previous five years, or performance satisfactory to the department in an arranged reading proficiency test.

c) The selection of a second language can be based on the student’s research requirements.

d) The selection of a second language must be made in consultation with the student’s faculty advisor or supervisor. Confirmation that the choice is acceptable must be obtained from the Department.

e) The language requirement must normally be fulfilled before a student takes the Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination.

4. Comprehensive Examination for the Ph.D.:

a) The Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination shall be administered in accordance with General Regulation H. The examination may be oral, written, or both, and shall consist of three sessions, each of three hours' duration, within a one-week period. The examination will deal with all areas of folklore and folklife scholarship;

b) The examination can be taken only upon completion of the second language requirements and no earlier than the end of the first year after admission to candidacy but not later than one year after the completion of the program courses. The examination will normally be scheduled in the third week of March or of November.

5. Ph.D. Thesis:

a) The candidate will normally submit a thesis proposal based on his/her own interests no later than the end of the fourth semester of the program. The thesis proposal will include a working title, names of preferred Supervisor and two other committee members, statement of topic, plan of research, statement of methodological and theoretical approach, a brief review of the literature and a preliminary bibliography. The proposal will be circulated to the Department for critical evaluation on the basis of which the candidate will be informed, within one month, by the Supervisor, of its acceptance, rejection, or acceptance with recommended changes.

b) The thesis shall give evidence of the candidate's ability to carry out independent and original research, develop the necessary theoretical and methodological framework and present the findings in a scholarly manner.


A selection of the following graduate courses will be offered to meet the requirements of candidates, normally after consultation with the Head of the Department or the Graduate Studies Administrator, and as far as the resources of the Department will allow. Courses are structured according to the categories of: Theories and Methods, Issues, Form and Performance, Special Topics, Regional National and International Heritage, Social Identities, Public and Applied Folklore and Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Required (Ph.D.):

Theories and Methods
6010. Survey of Folklore Genres and Processes
6020. Field and Research Methods
6030. Folklore Theories
6040. Feminist Theories: Perspectives and Issues
6080. Vernacular Theories
6090. Ethnology

6050. Issues in Folkloristics
6060. Issues in Folk Literature
6070. Issues in Folklife

Form and Performance
6100. Song and Music
6120. Ballad
6130. Folk Music Canons and Documentary Sound Recordings
6200. Folktale
6210. Legend
6220. Personal Experience Narrative
6250. Language and Play
6260. Ethnography of Communications
6300. Ethnography of Belief
6310. Health Systems
6350. Custom
6360. Traditional Drama
6370. Ritual, Festival and Public Display
6400. Material Culture
6410. Vernacular Architecture
6420. Art and the Artifact
6430. Food and Culture
6720. Folklore and Literature

Special Topics
6511-29. Special Topics in Folklore
6550-69. Special Research in Folklore
6570-79. Reading Course in Folklore

Regional, National and International Heritage
6600. Folklore of Newfoundland
6610. Folklore of Canada
6620. Folklore of the United States
6630. Folklore of the British Isles
6640. Traditional Culture of Scotland
6650. Culture and Traditions of Ireland
6660. Folklore of the Francophone Regions
6690. International Folklore

Social Identities
6510. Occupational Folklife
6730. Folklore and Gender
6770. The Global and the Local
6780. Ethnicities

Public and Applied Folklore
6740. Public Sector Folklore
6760. Archiving
6790. Museums: Perspectives and Practices
6800. Applied Folklore

Interdisciplinary Perspectives
6700. Folklore and Culture
6710. Oral Tradition and Oral History
6750. Popular Culture: Theory and Debate

Required (Ph.D.)
7000. Advanced Folkloristics I
7100. Advanced Folkloristics II. Research and Ethnography.

Credit may not be obtained for both 6010 and the former 6110; 6020 and the former 6111; 6030 and the former 6112; 6100 and the former 6430; 6120 and the former 6445; 6300 and the former 6230; 6350 and the former 6230; 6400 and the former 6501; 6720 and the former 6460.

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