2018 - 2019

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, English, French and women's and gender 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.



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STUDIES

To earn a Bachelor of Arts you must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours including the following degree components: core requirements, major or honours program, minor or second major, and electives.

In your first 30 credit hours, take your first FOLK major courses FOLK 1000 and FOLK 2100.

Consult the University Calendar for program descriptions, degree regulations, course descriptions, important dates, and everything else academic. Work towards the completion of the core requirements for the BA. Record your progress in the degree tracker. 

Learn about declaring your program by visiting iDeclare or by emailing reghelp@mun.ca

In your next 30 to 60 credit hours, take FOLK 2300, FOLK 2401, FOLK 2500, and one FOLK course from Group C.

Finalize the BA core requirements (CRW, LS, and QR). Declare your minor or double major. Consult departmental liaisons and the University Calendar, including general undergraduate academic regulations and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences regulations. If you are looking for more academic credentials, consider applying for admission into an honours program.

As part of your 60 to 90 credit hours, take two FOLK courses from Group A and two FOLK courses from Group B.

Cross-check your degree advice with the University Calendar regulations, contact your department for information about honours program regulations/requirements, and seek a potential honours essay supervisor with similar research interests.

In your final 90 to 120 credit hours, take FOLK 4470 and one FOLK course from Group C.

Ensure that your Breadth of Knowledge requirement of the BA core requirements has been fulfilled. Submit your application by January 15 for spring graduation or July 15 for fall graduation through Memorial Self-Service under Graduation menu options.

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CAREER

Pondering your future career interest?

Take action. Register for Artsworks, a free career development program designed for Humanities and Social Sciences students.

 

Explore career interests related to your major(s). Seek opportunities to network in your community.

Prepare for life after graduation.

INVOLVEMENT

Go to departmental welcome event and Folklore society mixer.

Attend Folklore speaker series, events or other Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences events.

Seek opportunities to attend academic conferences through the department or through the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Newfoundland and Labrador (ICH).

Think globally about your academic involvement through the Folklore Studies Association of Canada (FSAC).

GO ABROAD

Consider Going Abroad and develop a plan with the go abroad coordinator.

Explore Harlow Campus opportunities through Folklore. 

Review your plan with the go abroad coordinator.

  • Meet with department advisor to ensure you are academically on track to study abroad
  • Know application deadlines and apply early

Prepare for your departure with the go abroad coordinator.

  • Attend pre-departure orientation
  • Complete pre-departure checklist and reflection
  • Make the most of your travel experience and become an ambassador

Unpack your go abroad experience.

  • Attend go abroad debrief and participate in a reflection
  • Add international experience to your resume/CV at CDEL
  • Seek more opportunities to work, volunteer and/or study abroad
WELL BEING

Well-being is integral to long-term student success. At Memorial we offer resources designed to maintain your health and equilibrium, and promote academic success.

If you're in Distress or Crisis reach out for help • Become aware of supports available through the MUN Safe app - it is your direct line to a safer Memorial University. If you need a doctor, go to Student Health • Health and Dental insurance is offered through MUNSU • Foster well-being through online and in-person supports • Open the conversation about sexual harassment • Be a money smart student - know your finances, if you are in need, emergency loans and the campus food bank are available • The Works offers scheduled fitness programs and workout facilities • Check out Memorial Meditates • Living on-campus? Check out residence events • Be safe with Walksafe • Living off-campus? Check out the Off-Campus office • Be safe with safedrive • Visit Wellness and Chaplaincy Oasis during exams Ÿ Still have questions? Visit the current students page or talk to an advisor. 

J green nov27 13 043 From the time he dressed up as a reporter for a Grade Two Halloween costume contest, Jeff Green knew he wanted to work with words. A graduate of Memorial’s Faculty of Arts and the School of Journalism at the University of King’s College in Nova Scotia, Jeff has worked as a reporter and writer for national and regional publications as well as public and private radio throughout Atlantic Canada. He is an award-winning communicator and marketing professional with more than 14 years of experience in the areas of strategic communications, media relations, journalism and marketing. Jeff has worked in provincial government, corporate, media and not-for-profit settings. Today he’s the communications co-ordinator with the Office of Alumni Affairs and Development and the Division of Marketing and Communications at Memorial.

What would your undergraduate self think of your current job?
Pretty excited, I think, to be working not only at Memorial (a place I loved as an undergrad) but also directly utilizing the skills and training gained from my Arts degree — communications, writing, research and analytical skills.
 
What was your biggest challenge when arriving at university and how did you address this?
One of the biggest challenges I faced when I began at Memorial was balancing my courses with a budding writing career. In my first week at Memorial, I landed a pretty plumb freelance gig for a fresh-faced young writer. The side job was great as I had my sights on journalism school since junior high school I and needed to build a writing portfolio. However, I needed a degree in order to be accepted into the journalism programme I was considering. Taking stock of my academic obligations, as well as my own personal desire to become a professional writer, I quickly realized that I needed to take things in stride and find some sort of balance. I decided that I would write when I could — which meant when assignments and research papers were finalized. I also realized the more I wrote — and interviewed people — as part of my Arts degree it was great practice and experience for my next freelance gig.
 
What resources did you use while at Memorial?
I was a frequent visitor to the Centre for Newfoundland Studies and the Archives in the QEII; to the point where staff quickly knew my name. I also spent a fair chunk of my time in the Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive researching everything from urban legends to CODCO.

Did you ever meet with advisors, faculty or staff while a student?
Yes, I met with several of my professors and staff throughout my academic career — many from different disciplines (my major was folklore but my minor was Newfoundland studies. As a result, I was afforded the opportunity to take courses from a variety of areas). The librarians and archivists in the QEII helped guide me in the right direction on more than one occasion. Linda White, in particular, helped ignite a passion for all things Newfoundland and Labrador and heritage related. As well, Dr. Noreen Golfman, our current provost and vice-president (academic), was my film studies professor and she helped ferment my love for the movies as we analyzed everything from Buster Keaton to the Coen Brothers in her classes. I think my folklore professor, Dr. Paul Smith, kickstarted my curiosity in subjects like legends and popular culture.
 
How did your extracurricular activities (on and off campus) influence your success?

In the first week of my first year of studies I was fortunate enough to land my first freelance writing gig. I went to Memorial knowing that it would be a stepping stone to journalism school. However, I needed writing experience. So I called up the editor of a local newspaper in my area and told him I was going to be his next writer. I’m not sure if it my bold passion or the fact he needed copy for the paper but within 10 minutes I had myself a writing gig. What I didn’t know back then was the fact my fledgling writing career was also helping me hone my research, writing and interview skills for my courses at Memorial.
 
Was there an experience you had during your university years that influenced or put you on a path to your current career?

In about my third year of my Arts degree, I felt I hit a pretty decent stride. I was confident with my degree choice and felt much more self-assured to tackle meatier research projects, interview subjects or dig through the archives than in my couple of years. As I’ve mentioned, I now feel all of this was complimenting a growing side gig as a freelance journalist. I was using the skills and training gained from my Arts programs help foster my writing gig. My Arts degree was a direct stepping stone to journalism school and then my work in the media and my career in marketing and communications.

Did you participate in a study abroad program?

Regretfully, no.

What advice do you have for undergraduate students?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions or ask for help. I remember taking a few linguistic courses as electives. I was struggling. This was reflective in my grades. I didn’t want to fail the course so I met with my prof a few times and after I couple of meetings I veered back on track.

Make sure that you are preparing for your future but do it in a way that you get to study things that genuinely interest you.

by Sophie St. Croix - BA ’09, Classics (Memorial), Juris Doctor 2013, Schulich School of Law (Dalhousie), currently an associate at Roebothan McKay Marshall (St. John's)