Celtic Language Schools and Programs

Celtic languages include Irish Gaelic, Welsh, Scots Gaelic, Cornish, Manx and Gaulish. A Celtic language program can teach you about these related languages along with the history and culture of the British Isles, both ancient and modern. Read on to learn more about courses you may take in a degree or certificate program. Schools offering Communications degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Celtic language programs are relatively uncommon in the United States. A few schools offer certificate or degree programs in Celtic languages; more often, schools offer programs in closely related fields such as Celtic studies, Irish studies or Irish language and literature. The Irish (Gaelic) and Welsh languages are the most commonly offered of the Celtic languages in the United States.

Programs Certificate, bachelor's degree, master's degree, Ph.D.
Future Career Options Teacher, historical organization staff member, Celtic-language writer
Courses Gaelic language, Irish folklore, modern Scottish literature

What Undergraduate Degrees or Certificates Do Schools Offer in Celtic Languages?

Certificate programs, such as a Celtic Studies Certificate, may be offered for credit or as non-credit extracurricular learning experiences. Bachelor's degree programs tend to be interdisciplinary. Students may study Celtic languages as a concentration or as a minor while earning a degree in linguistics, English, history, anthropology, rhetoric or another field.

What About Graduate Programs?

Graduate schools offer similar programs, and it is possible to earn a master's degree in Celtic languages and literature. You might also be able to find a Master of Arts program in Irish and Irish-American studies or Irish literature and culture. A Doctor of Philosophy program in Celtic Languages and Literature may be available, although it is highly rare. Even schools without a formal graduate program in Celtic languages may offer you the option of a self-designed program.

Which Schools Offer These Programs?

You can find Celtic language studies through four-year universities. These programs are typically offered at the undergraduate level. The following is a brief list of schools that provide the opportunity for you to study Celtic and Irish languages:

  • New York University (Manhattan)
  • Boston College (MA)
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)
  • University of Notre Dame (IN)
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)

What Jobs Will These Programs Prepare Me For?

Completing a program featuring classes in beginning, intermediate and advanced Celtic languages may qualify you to teach these languages in community or non-credit programs. If you earn a master's or Ph.D. in Celtic languages, you can teach at the high school or university level.

You might also use a Celtic languages education to work with Celtic professional or historical organizations. You might also work in Celtic-language media as a fiction or nonfiction writer, poet, playwright, songwriter or broadcaster.

What Courses Will I Take?

Course offerings vary among programs, depending on the degree level and focus of the program. The following are a few of the courses offered by Celtic languages and related programs in the United States:

  • Celtic anthropology
  • Gaelic language
  • Irish-American literature
  • Irish folklore
  • Irish literature
  • Modern Irish poetry
  • Modern Scottish literature
  • Modern Welsh language
  • Modern Welsh literature

Will I Study Abroad?

In many programs, students are strongly encouraged, but not required, to participate in study abroad programs. Studying in another country can be a valuable learning experience, especially for language students. An extended visit to the Celtic-speaking counties of Ireland, for example, allows you to immerse yourself in the language and culture.

If you're particularly interested in studying Scottish Gaelic, you might consider a program in Canada. The province of Nova Scotia is home to many descendants of Gaelic-speaking immigrants from the Scottish Highlands, and there are Celtic languages programs at colleges in that region.

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