Celtic Studies

University of Wisconsin-Madison

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The Celtic Studies Program is a regular unit of the College of Letters and Science at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

Celtic Studies is a multidisciplinary field encompassing the history and culture of those peoples who presently inhabit the northwestern perimeter of Europe, including Ireland (both north and south), Scotland, Wales, Brittany, Cornwall, and the Isle of Man. Since peoples speaking Celtic languages once occupied a much larger geographical area than this, Celtic Studies also addresses the prehistory and early history of continental Europe.

The chief Celtic languages spoken today are Irish, Scottish Gaelic, and Welsh, each boasting a major literature dating back to the Middle Ages. Celtic folklore and mythology have long attracted attention and admiration. In addition, artists, writers, and musicians living in various parts of the world have drawn inspiration from Celtic sources or have defined their identity with relation to traditionally Celtic lands. Emigration from Ireland and other traditionally Celtic lands, along with the integration of those emigrants into new societies elsewhere, is another topic addressed by Celtic Studies.

The Program's mission is to facilitate the integrated examination of these various fields and topics. The Program offers an undergraduate Certificate in Celtic Studies. Undergraduates can also major in Celtic Studies under the provisions of the individual major program.