Careers and Testimonials

Folklore Careers

Because of folklore’s interdisciplinary nature, sharing concerns, methods, and insights with, amongst others, literature, anthropology, art, music, history, linguistics, philosophy, and mythology, folklore students acquire skills and knowledge that are applicable to a wide range of careers. Students develop skills in researching, interviewing, and fieldwork, working with the public, and writing and communicating their findings to others.

In addition to preparing students for graduate studies and an academic career, a degree in folklore may lead to careers in:

  •  the arts and arts administration (e.g., festival coordinators, practicing artists);
  • museums, libraries and archives (e.g., exhibit designers, researchers, programme developers)
  • education (e.g., teachers, producers of educational materials)
  • print and broadcast media (e.g., journalists, reporters, film and theatre consultants)
  • public history (e.g., historical interpreters; producers of historical documentaries); and
  • government (e.g., working in departments of culture and tourism; developers of cultural policy).


Ian Brodie
Associate Professor, Folklore

Office: CE263C

Phone: 563.1418

Richard MacKinnon
Professor, Folklore, Department Chair, as well as Managing Editor, MCR

Office: CE264

Phone: 902.563.1284

Kate Dunlay
Lecturer of Celtic Music within the Ethnomusicology Program

Office: Off Campus

Phone: 902.445.9797

Gerald Pocius
Visiting Research Professor

Office: CE252

Phone: 902.563.1229