Celtic Studies


Celtic Studies is concerned with the academic study of the Celtic languages, past and present, and the culture and history of the Celts. This ethnic group has played a highly significant role in the development of European civilisation, particularly in the British Isles. Therefore, its culture forms a vital part of the cultural heritage of a large number of Australians.

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. The languages available in 2014 as part of the Celtic Studies program are Irish and Scottish Gaelic as well as Welsh; medieval and modern. All language units involve study of the literature in that language. Non-language units of study focus on Celtic culture, history and mythology.

The aim is to enable students who have developed an interest in various aspects of Celtic Studies to pursue a program of study that offers a representative range of subject areas.

Study plan

A major in Celtic Studies requires 36 senior credit points, including 12 credit points of core units of study and 12 senior credit points from Celtic Language units of study, of which 6 must be at 3000 level.

Junior units of study (1000 level):
There are no junior units of study in Celtic Studies. You complete 18 junior credit points taken from any of the following subject areas: Arabic and Islamic Studies, Archaeology, English, French, Ancient Greek, German, Hebrew, History, Italian, Latin, Linguistics, Modern Greek, Sanskrit, or Spanish and Latin American Studies.

Senior units of study (2000 and 3000 level):
You complete at least 12 credit points taken from senior-intermediate (2000 level) units of study, including both core units of study; CLST2601 and CLST2605. In addition to the core units of study you may complete 18 senior credit points from elective units of study at either 2000 or 3000 level.

A major in Celtic Studies also requires completion of at least one pair of Celtic language units of study. Each pair includes one 2000 level and one 3000 level unit of study.

You must complete at least 12 credit points of Celtic Studies units of study at 2000 level before enrolling into 3000 level units.

Graduate opportunities

Sydney Arts and Social Sciences graduates work in government departments at all levels, and major private sector consultancies and corporations, locally and overseas. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers a range of subject areas that prepare graduates for careers in administration, education, business research, marketing, media, management consultancy, public relations, gallery and museum curatorship, hospitality and tourism, community and welfare. Our graduates are proficient in research and inquiry, and demonstrate personal and intellectual autonomy, and ethical, social and professional understanding, qualities sought after by leading employers all over the world.

Further study for major

Eligible candidates may proceed to an Honours year in the Bachelor of Arts, or apply for admission to a rich postgraduate program in the humanities and social sciences, comprising advanced learning and professional courses. Master degrees include capstone projects ranging from internships with government and non-government organisations in Australia and overseas, the gallery and museum sector, and leading media organisations, to opportunities for independent research projects which prepare students for higher degrees by research.

Related subject areas

English, History

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