Certificate Requirements

The Celtic Studies Undergraduate Certificate has two options: Culture and Language.

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 in Celtic Studies with the Language emphasis is open to all students interested in learning about the Gaelic language, history and folklore, and writers and literature of the Celtic peoples. The list of electives cover European archaeology, Irish dance history and practice, Ireland’s contemporary issues, Galician language and culture, etc.

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.


    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. 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.

    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.

    Students elect one of the following options:

    Option A: Language Emphasis

    CELTIC 133Celtic Crossings: Overview of the History and Cultures of the Celtic World3
    CELTIC 203Third Semester Gaelic3
    CELTIC 204Fourth Semester Gaelic3
    Select at least 9 additional credits numbered 300 or above from Celtic courses and/or the approved Celtic studies electives list9
    Total Credits18

    Option B: Cultural Emphasis

    CELTIC 133Celtic Crossings: Overview of the History and Cultures of the Celtic World3
    CELTIC 103First Semester Gaelic3
    Select at least 12 additional credits from Celtic courses and/or the approved Celtic studies electives list12
    Students in the cultural emphasis are encouraged, but not required, to take the following course:
    CELTIC 104
    Second Semester Gaelic
    Total Credits18

    Approved Celtic Studies Electives

    Students may select from all Celtic courses or any of the following courses offered in other areas.

    ANTHRO 305The Celtic World3
    ANTHRO 306European Archaeology3
    ANTHRO 381Honors Seminar: (The Celtic World)3
    DANCE 370World Movement Traditions:2-3
    Irish Dance History and Practice
    Irish Step Dance
    ENGLISH 192First-Year Seminar: (Celtic Folk and Fairy Tales)3
    ENGLISH 229Introduction to Modern Literature: (Irish Modernism)3
    ENGLISH 243Introduction to Literature by Women:3
    Irish Women Writers
    Contemporary Celtic Women Writers
    ENGLISH 245The Life, Times, and Work of a Literary Artist: (Flannery O'Connor)3
    ENGLISH 247Literature and Human Experience: (Literature from Northern Ireland)3
    ENGLISH 263Introduction to the Novel:3
    The Irish Tradition
    The Irish Novel
    ENGLISH 275The Forms of Folk Literature: (Irish Myth and Folklore)3
    ENGLISH 277Introduction to Ethnic Minority Literature: (Irish American Literature)3
    ENGLISH 285Modern Irish Language and Literature in Translation3
    ENGLISH 306Survey of Irish Literature3
    ENGLISH 325The Art of Fiction: (The Irish Short Story)3
    ENGLISH 344Modern Drama: (Contemporary British and Irish Plays)3
    ENGLISH 370Folk Literature: (Folklore of the Celts)3
    ENGLISH 518Studies in Irish Literature:3
    ENGLISH 622Seminar in Irish Literature:3
    HIST 200Historical Roots of Contemporary Issues:3
    Ireland: A Celtic Nation
    The Celtic Cultural Experience
    Ireland’s English Problem
    HIST 235English History to 16883
    HIST 236Britain Since 1688: Rise and Decline of a Great Power3
    HIST 370Topics in the History of Religious Thought: (Christianity in Early England and Ireland)3
    HIST 371Topics in European History: (Christianity in Early England and Ireland)3
    PORTUGS 499Ad Hoc: (Galician Culture: An Overview)1-6
    SPANISH 123Regional Languages of Spain, First Semester: (Galician)3-6
    SPANISH 124Regional Languages of Spain, Second Semester: (Galician)3-6
    SPANISH 377Introduction to Galician Culture3
    THEATRE 490Topics in Theatre:1-4
    Irish Theatre: A Sense of Place
    20th Century Irish Theatre and Consequence of Place