Studying Folklore

What is Folklore?

Folklore (ˈfōkˌlôr) - the traditional beliefs, customs, skills, arts and stories of a community, passed on from person to person in living context. Artistic expression and local experience in informal settings. Some traditions are old, others are surprisingly new!

Graduate Studies in Folklore


If you are interested in studying Ukrainian Canadian or other Ukrainian diaspora folklore and folklife on a Master or PhD level, the University of Alberta is the best place for that. Students have the choice of focusing on variety of topics: oral verbal traditions, material culture, ritual and belief, folk arts and performance genres. You can get a good idea of the range of topics by looking at the theses and dissertations by our graduate students. In the coming years the Kule Folklore Centre will focus on the study of folklore narratives in popular culture (led by Dr. Natalie Kononenko), immigration narratives, music and dance (led by Dr. Andriy Nahachewsky); visual aspects of popular and religious culture, in particular Ukrainian icons and iconostases in Canada (led by Dr. Natalie Kononenko and Dr. Jelena Pogosjan); folklore archiving, database building and management (Dr. Natalie Kononenko and Dr. Andriy Nahachewsky).


The deadline to apply for the 2017-2018 school year is January 15, 2017.

Application procedure

Prospective students should apply for the Media and Cultural Studies program in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies.


Please study the MLCS Application Requirements and Entrance Requirements. All applications are processed online through the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. You can access the application portal here. Paper applications will not be accepted. Students who are not fluent in Ukrainian are expected to take Ukrainian language courses.


Those accepted into the program, would be nominated for research assistantships from the Kule Folklore Centre (2 years for MA students and 4 years for PhD), which cover tuition and leave some money for modest living expenses. As part of their assistantship, research assistants work 12 hours a week from September to April at the Ukrainian Folklore Archives.

If you have any questions, email or contact the Director of the Kule Folklore Centre, Dr. Jelena Pogosjan

Undergraduate Studies in Folklore

Check out folklore courses and scholarships available.

Consult the University Calendar

For other questions, please contact Marina Menze (Undergraduate Advisor) or Dr. Jelena Pogosjan (Undergraduate Slavic Advisor).