Celtic Studies

Celtic Studies examines the history, culture, and languages of the Celtic region.

The Certificate in Celtic Studies is open to all students interested in learning about the history, folklore, art, language, and culture of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. The features of the region are explored from both a historical perspective and through a modern day lens.

The certificate complements a number of different majors such as history, political science, English, anthropology, and art history, and can make graduates more marketable for international careers and graduate programs.

Download our fact sheet to the right to learn more about this certificate.

Language

Total Celtic Studies Credits

18 credits

Required Courses, Language Emphasis (9 credits)

This option requires the following three courses (9 credits) and at least 9 additional credits numbered 300 or above selected from Celtic courses and/or the approved Celtic studies electives list.

  • Celtic 133 - Celtic Crossings: Overview of the History and Cultures of the Celtic World, 3 credits
  • Celtic 203 - Third Semester Gaelic, 3 credits
  • Celtic 204 - Fourth Semester Gaelic, 3 credits

Required Courses, Cultural Emphasis (6 credits)

At least 9 credits numbered 300 or above selected from Celtic courses and/or the approved Celtic studies electives list.

  • Celtic 133 - Celtic Crossings: Overview of the History and Cultures of the Celtic World, 3 credits
  • Celtic 103 - First Semester Gaelic, 3 credits

Recommended Course

  • Celtic 104 - Second Semester Gaelic, 3 credits

Approved Electives

List of approved Celtic Studies Electives:

  • Anthro 305 - The Celtic World, 3credits
  • Anthro 306 - European Archaeology, 3credits
  • Anthro 381 - Honors Seminar: "The Celtic World" subtitle, 3credits
  • Dance 370 - World Movement Traditions: “Irish Dance History and Practice” subtitle, 3credits
  • English 192 - First-Year Seminar: "Celtic Folk and Fairy Tales" subtitle, 3credits
  • English 229 - Introduction to Modern Literature: "Irish Modernism", 3credits
  • English 243 - Introduction to Literature by Women: "Irish Women Writers"; "Contemporary Celtic Women Writers" subtitles, 3credits
  • English 247 - Literature and Human Experience: "Literature from Northern Ireland" subtitle, 3credits
  • English 275 - The Forms of Folk Literature: "Irish Myth and Folklore" subtitle, 3credits
  • English 277 - Introduction to Ethnic Minority Literature: "Irish American Literature", 3credits
  • English 285 - Modern Irish Literature and Language, 3credits
  • English 306 - Survey of Irish Literature, 3credits
  • English 370 - Folk Literature: "Folklore of the Celts" subtitle, 3credits
  • English 464 - Writers in Irish Literature: (Subtitle), 3credits
  • English 518 - Studies in Irish Literature: (Subtitle), 3credits
  • English 519 - Studies in Irish American Literature: (Subtitle), 3credits
  • English 622 - Seminar in Irish Literature: (Subtitle), 3credits
  • Hist 200 - Historical Roots of Contemporary Issues: ”Ireland: A Celtic Nation";
    "The Celtic Cultural Experience"; "Ireland’s English Problem" subtitles, 3credits
  • Hist 235 - English History to 1688, 3credits
  • Hist 236 - Britain Since 1688: Rise and Decline of a Great Power, 3credits
  • Hist 250 - Topics in European History: "Peace and Conflict in Northern Ireland" subtitle, 3credits
  • Hist 353 - Ireland Since 1600: Colony to Independent State, 3credits
  • Hist 370 - Topics in the History of Religious Thought: "Christianity in Early England and Ireland" subtitle, 3credits
  • Portugs 499 - Ad Hoc: "Galician Culture: An Overview" subtitle, 3credits
  • Spanish 123 - Regional Languages of Spain: First Semester - "Galician" subtitle, 3credits
  • Spanish 124 - Regional Languages of Spain: Second Semester - "Galician" subtitle, 3credits
  • Spanish 377 - Introduction to Galician Culture

Additional Requirements

Credits earned at other institutions equivalent to courses in the certificate program may be accepted in partial fulfillment of the program requirements, subject to review by the certificate program committee.

No more than 9 credits from a single curricular area may count toward the certificate requirements, and students must select courses from at least three different curricular areas in completing their requirements.

At least half the credits for the certificate must be taken in residence at UWM. All students are urged to participate in a study abroad program. Credits earned via study abroad through a UWM-sponsored program count as residence credits.

GPA Requirement

To obtain the certificate, students must complete 18 credits in required courses with a minimum GPA of 2.750.

Culture

Total Celtic Studies Credits

18 credits

Required Courses (9 Credits)

Celtic 133 - Celtic Crossings: Overview of the History and Cultures of the Celtic World, 3 credits

Celtic 203 - Third Semester Gaelic, 3 credits

Electives (9 Credits)

At least 9 credits numbered 300 or above selected from Celtic courses and/or the approved Celtic studies electives list.

List of approved Celtic Studies Electives:

  • Anthro 305 - The Celtic World, 3 credits
  • Anthro 306 - European Archaeology, 3 credits
  • Anthro 381 - Honors Seminar: "The Celtic World" subtitle, 3 credits
  • Dance 370 - World Movement Traditions: “Irish Dance History and Practice” subtitle, 2-3 credits
  • English 192 - First-Year Seminar: "Celtic Folk and Fairy Tales" subtitle, 3 credits
  • English 229 - Introduction to Modern Literature: "Irish Modernism", 3 credits
  • English 243 - Introduction to Literature by Women: "Irish Women Writers"; "Contemporary Celtic Women Writers" subtitles, 3 credits
  • English 247 - Literature and Human Experience: "Literature from Northern Ireland" subtitle, 3 credits
  • English 275 - The Forms of Folk Literature: "Irish Myth and Folklore" subtitle, 3 credits
  • English 277 - Introduction to Ethnic Minority Literature: "Irish American Literature", 3 credits
  • English 285 - Modern Irish Literature and Language, 3 credits
  • English 306 - Survey of Irish Literature, 3 credits
  • English 370 - Folk Literature: "Folklore of the Celts" subtitle, 3 credits
  • English 464 - Writers in Irish Literature: (Subtitle), 3 credits
  • English 518 - Studies in Irish Literature: (Subtitle), 3 credits
  • English 519 - Studies in Irish American Literature: (Subtitle), 3 credits
  • English 622 - Seminar in Irish Literature: (Subtitle), 3 credits
  • Hist 200 - Historical Roots of Contemporary Issues: ”Ireland: A Celtic Nation"; "The Celtic Cultural Experience"; "Ireland’s English Problem" subtitles, 3 credits
  • Hist 235 - English History to 1688, 3 credits
  • Hist 236 - Britain Since 1688: Rise and Decline of a Great Power, 3 credits
  • Hist 370 - Topics in the History of Religious Thought: "Christianity in Early England and Ireland" subtitle, 3 credits
  • Portugs 499 - Ad Hoc: "Galician Culture: An Overview" subtitle, 3 credits
  • Spanish 123 - Regional Languages of Spain: First Semester - "Galician" subtitle, 3-6 credits
  • Spanish 124 - Regional Languages of Spain: Second Semester - "Galician" subtitle, 3-6 credits
  • Spanish 377 - Introduction to Galician Culture, 3 credits

Recommended Course

Students in the cultural emphasis are encouraged, but not required, to take the following course:

  • Celtic 104 - Second Semester Gaelic

Additional Information

Credits earned at other institutions equivalent to courses in the certificate program may be accepted in partial fulfillment of the program requirements, subject to review by the certificate program committee.

No more than 9 credits from a single curricular area may count toward the certificate requirements, and students must select courses from at least three different curricular areas in completing their requirements.

GPA Requirement

To obtain the certificate, students must complete 18 credits in required courses with a minimum GPA of 2.750, including Celtic 133 and at least 9 credits in upper-division (numbered 300 and above) courses selected from Celtic courses and/or the list of approved electives. At least half the credits for the certificate must be taken in residence at UWM. All students are urged to participate in a study abroad program. Credits earned via study abroad through a UWM-sponsored program count as residence credits.