Campus: St. John's Faculty: Humanities and Social Sciences
Department: Folklore Honours available: Yes
Degree(s): Bachelor of arts; International bachelor of arts; Joint arts and science degree
Length: Four years
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Folklore is the study of the oral and written traditions, beliefs, myths, tales and practices of a people. While folklorists study traditions passed down through generations, they also consider expressive elements found in popular culture and media. Many look at modern phenomena, from urban legends to jokes, from hockey culture to skateboarding, from Ouija boards to tourism.

Folklore at Memorial

As the only Anglophone university in Canada to offer comprehensive folklore programs at all levels, Memorial provides folklorists with rich opportunities for innovative community partnerships and learning experiences.

Our 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.

Admission requirements

You may apply for admission into the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences by indicating bachelor of arts as your program choice on the undergraduate application for admission. Direct entry into the faculty is subject to your meeting the general admission requirements for Memorial University.

You may choose folklore as your major at the time of application or you can explore your options and declare a major in a later semester by emailing to make your choice official.

Sample first year

Wondering what courses you would take in your first year? Check out a sample program of suggested courses for folklore students.

Sample courses and degree map

FOLK 2500 - Oral Literature from Around the World
FOLK 3200 - Music, Song and Tradition
FOLK 3606 - Supernatural Folklore

Folklore degree map

Degree maps are navigational tools, designed to help you make the right choices throughout your bachelor of arts degree. They cover information pertaining to your studies, provide study tips, career guidance, suggestions for involvement, advice on go abroad activities and on your well being.

Career opportunities

The study of folklore lends itself to a variety of careers including:

  • communications
  • archivist
  • festival director
  • museum curator
  • arts administration
  • grant officer
  • teaching

Note: some of these careers may call for supplementary education or preparation in the form of graduate studies, experiential learning or professional courses and exams.