Celtic Studies Certificate – Culture

The Certificate in Celtic Studies with the Cultural emphasis is open to all students interested in learning about the history of the Celts, and the folklore, art, literature, and culture of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Electives offer Irish American studies, the Northern Ireland conflict and quest for peace, the Galician Culture, the history of religious thought, etc. Courses cover the 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.


    Total Celtic Studies Credits

    18 credits

    Required Courses (6 Credits)

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

    Recommended Course:

    • Celtic 104 - Second Semester Gaelic, 3 credits

    Electives (12 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”, “Irish Step Dance” subtitles, 2 to 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 245 - The Life, Times, and Work of a Literary Artist: “Flannery O'Connor” subtitle, 3 credits
    • English 247 - Literature and Human Experience: "Literature from Northern Ireland" subtitle, 3 credits
    • English 263 - Introduction to the Novel: “The Irish Tradition”, “The Irish Novel” subtitles, 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 325 - The Art of Fiction: “The Irish Short Story” subtitle, 3 credits
    • English 344 - Modern Drama: “Contemporary British and Irish Plays” subtitle, 3 credits
    • English 370 - Folk Literature: "Folklore of the Celts" subtitle, 3 credits
    • English 518 - Studies in Irish 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
    • History 371 – Topics in European History: “Christianity in Early England and Ireland” subtitle, 3 credits
    • Portugs 499 - Ad Hoc: "Galician Culture: An Overview" subtitle, 1-6 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
    • Theatre 490 – Topics in Theatre: “Irish Theatre”, “20th Century Irish Theatre” subtitles, 1 to 4 credits

    Additional Requirements

    Students must complete at least 9 advanced (numbered 300 and above) credits 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.

    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 at UWM.

    GPA Requirement

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