Celtic Studies Certificate Program

The certificate is available to all UWM graduates, regardless of major, and is awarded upon completion of required coursework. Students who participate in the Celtic Studies Certificate Program are encouraged to create an individualized course of study that integrates several academic areas.

Students can concentrate their studies on the Celtic languages, both spoken and written, or they may choose to investigate the broader themes of the Celtic culture, such as art, archaeology, literature, history, folklore, music and myth. The Center for Celtic Studies faculty are available to advise students and explore the many aspects of the program.


The certificate program in Celtic Studies is open to all students pursuing a bachelor’s degree from UWM and to students who previously have received a bachelor’s degree from UWM or any other accredited college or university. Community members wishing to earn a certificate but do not want to enroll in a bachelor’s degree program may register through the University Special Student program. They must take the courses for full credit and complete all course work.


To obtain the certificate, students must:

  • Obtain a minimum of 18 credits of recommended coursework
  • Complete the required courses with a minimum GPA of 2.75
  • Take at least 9 credits in upper division (300 level +) courses
  • Complete at least half of their certificate credits in residence at UWM.

No more than nine credits from a single curricular area may count toward the certificate requirements. Students must select courses from at least three different curricular areas in completing their requirements. Students elect one of the following options:

Option A – Language Emphasis

See the Celtic Studies Certificate – Language requirements for more information on the Language Emphasis option.

Option B – Cultural Emphasis

See the Celtic Studies Certificate – Culture requirements for more information on the Cultural Emphasis option.

Approved Courses

Approved courses can be found in the Schedule of Classes under “Celtic Studies” or on the Courses Offered page. Courses may be offered in the following areas:

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Art History
  • Dance
  • Economics
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Film
  • Folklore
  • History
  • Irish Language
  • Literature/English
  • Music
  • Other Celtic Languages
  • Peace Studies
  • Political Science
  • Social Work
  • Theatre

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.

Awarding the Certificate

Students currently involved in baccalaureate studies who complete the requirements of the program successfully will be awarded the certificate at the time of graduation. Post-baccalaureate students will receive the certificate upon successful completion of the program requirements.