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UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014

College of Letters and Science

Celtic Studies

Josepha Lanters, Professor in English, and
John Gleeson, Senior Lecturer in Ethnic Studies, Co-Directors

HLT 290A, (414) 229-2608, gleeson@uwm.edu

The Certificate Program in Celtic Studies provides for students in any field an integrated course of study across several curricular areas in the historical and contemporary cultures of the Irish, Scots, Welsh, Cornish, Manx, Breton, and Galician peoples. Students can concentrate on the Celtic languages, both spoken and written, or they may choose to investigate the broader themes of the Celtic world, such as art, archaeology, literature, history, folklore, music, and myth. Students also are encouraged to enrich their campus experience through participation in study-abroad programs.


The Certificate Program in Celtic Studies is open to all students seeking a bachelor’s degree from UWM, to students who previously have received a bachelor’s degree from UWM or any other accredited college or university, and to those who do not plan to pursue a college or university degree (non-degree students) but who have a strong interest in this subject. To be admitted to the university as non-degree students, individuals must meet regular university admission requirements.


To obtain the certificate, students must complete 18 credits in required courses with a minimum GPA of 2.75, 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. Students elect one of the following options:

OPTION A - Language Emphasis. This option requires the following three courses (9 credits) and at least 9 additional credits numbered 300 or above selected from Celtic courses and/or the approved Celtic studies electives list.

Required Courses

Celtic 133

Celtic Crossings: Overview of the History and Cultures of the Celtic World

Celtic 203

Third Semester Gaelic

Celtic 204

Fourth Semester Gaelic

OPTION B - Cultural Emphasis. This option requires the following two courses (6 credits) and at least 12 credits selected from Celtic courses and/or the approved Celtic Studies electives list.

Required Courses

Celtic 133

Celtic Crossings: Overview of the History and Cultures of the Celtic World

Celtic 103

First Semester Gaelic

Recommended Course

Students in the cultural emphasis are encouraged, but not required, to take the following course:

Celtic 104 (Linguis 182)

Second Semester Gaelic

Approved Celtic Studies Electives - Students may select from all Celtic courses [see "Courses (CELTIC)" below] or any of the following courses offered in other areas.

Anthro 305

The Celtic World

Anthro 306

European Archaeology

Anthro 381

Honors Seminar: "The Celtic World" subtitle

Dance 370 World Movement Traditions: “Irish Dance History and Practice” subtitle
English 192 First-Year Seminar: "Celtic Folk and Fairy Tales" subtitle
English 243 Introduction to Literature by Women: "Irish Women Writers"; "Contemporary Celtic Women Writers" subtitles
English 247 Literature and Human Experience: "Literature from Northern Ireland" subtitle

English 275

The Forms of Folk Literature: "Irish Myth and Folklore" subtitle

English 285

Modern Irish Literature and Language

English 306

Survey of Irish Literature

English 370 Folk Literature: "Folklore of the Celts" subtitle

English 464

Writers in Irish Literature: (Subtitle)

English 518

Studies in Irish Literature: (Subtitle)

English 519

Studies in Irish-American Literature: (Subtitle)

English 622

Seminar in Irish Literature: (Subtitle)

Hist 200

Historical Roots of Contemporary Issues ”Ireland: A Celtic Nation"; "The Celtic Cultural Experience"; "Ireland’s English Problem" subtitles

Hist 235

English History to 1688

Hist 236

Britain Since 1688: Rise and Decline of a Great Power

Hist 250 Topics in European History: "Peace and Conflict in Northern Ireland" subtitle

Hist 353

Ireland Since 1600: Colony to Independent State

Hist 370 Topics in the History of Religious Thought: "Christianity in Early England and Ireland" subtitle
Portugs 499 Ad Hoc: "Galician Culture: An Overview" subtitle
Spanish 123 Regional Languages of Spain: First Semester - "Galician" subtitle
Spanish 124 Regional Languages of Spain: Second Semester - "Galician" subtitle
Spanish 377 Introduction to Galician Culture

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.

Awarding the Certificate

All students will receive the certificate upon successful completion of the program requirements.

Courses (CELTIC)


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