Studies in Folklore and Ethnology will give you a better understanding of the French-Canadian culture, together with the customs, traditions, legends and beliefs that have influenced it.  You will gain new perspectives on the past, and a better understanding of the symbolic rituals that mark the changing seasons in nature and in life; you will also be led to develop a greater appreciation of the dynamic character of this cultural heritage and its importance.  Conducting field research will give you the opportunity to encounter living tradition and better comprehend its role in contemporary life and in today’s popular culture.

Why study folklore?

Have you ever wondered about how certain customs evolved? Do you know which folk songs are still alive and well in the community?  What are the current urban legends?  The influence of folk medicine?  Do you know the extent of First Nations contributions to French-Canadian traditions?  How knowledgeable are you about the potential of employing oral tradition in education?

The Folklore and Ethnology program will help you answer all these questions.  The program is designed to respond to the needs of the full-time or part-time student, with courses offered in all three sessions (autumn, winter, and spring).  Also, thanks to correspondence course manuals, the program is now entirely and regularly accessible through distance education.

Employment Possibilities:
Teacher/Educator, Public Activities Co-coordinator, Ethnologist, Archivist, Artistic Director, Heritage Specialist, Museum Curator, Archeologist, Art Historian, Research Assistant, Editor, Tour Guide, Fine Art Restorer.

S. Blais, B.A. (Laurentian), B.Éd. (Ottawa), M.A. (Laurentian)

Adjunct professor
M. Bénéteau, B.A. (Windsor), Ph.D. (Laval)

Admission requirements
Go to the Laurentian University website at, scroll to the top of page and look at the drop down list under Quick Links, go to Admissions.

An interview with Professor Marcel Bénéteau by Radio-Canada
*French only