Celtic Studies Minor

A minor in Celtic Studies is centred in the study of the languages, history and culture of the Celtic-speaking peoples from prehistory to the present. This ethnic group has played a highly significant role in the development of European civilisation, particularly in the British Isles. The Celts may be defined as those peoples who speak or whose forebears have spoken a Celtic language. Early Celtic languages included Celtiberian and Gaulish in ancient continental Europe, Galatian in Asia Minor, as well as British, Goidelic and Pictish in the British Isles. Breton, Irish, Scottish Gaelic and Welsh are the Celtic languages spoken today.

Candidates for the minor take core units in study of Celtic identity and historical influence of the Celtic peoples and Celtic narrative literature. Celtic language units (Irish, Scottish Gaelic and Welsh) develop knowledge of language itself and enhance access to cultural and literary studies. Optional units include further language units. The aim is to enable students who have developed an interest in various aspects of Celtic Studies to pursue study that offers a representative range of subject areas, developing skills and knowledge in the study of a subject that is highly significant to European as well as Australian cultural heritage.

Structuring Your Study

Under the new degree requirements, which apply to students enrolling in 2018 (and to students who enrolled in 2017, if they wish to switch to the new curriculum) a Minor in Celtic Studies comprises two 1000-level Celtic Studies units, two 2000-level Celtic Studies units, and two 3000-level Celtic Studies units.

Please see below for more detailed information relevant to you, depending on which of the three categories you fall under:

 I am continuing in my current degree I would like to move to the new curriculum

For more information, follow the Related Information links on the right side of this page, and download the Department of English Student Guide. The guide includes the Celtic Studies program on page 23.