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Celtic Studies at UW-Milwaukee

The Center for Celtic Studies provides interdisciplinary, international educational opportunities for UWM students. Our program includes on-campus instruction by UWM and visiting international faculty, as well as study-abroad options in Ireland, Great Britain, and Europe. We provide a wide range of course and research topics relating to cultures-both historical and modern—that share Celtic influence: the early Continental Celts and the Breton, Cornish, Galician, Irish, Manx, Scots, and Welsh peoples.

Students can concentrate their studies 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.

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Center for Celtic Studies Staff Nancy Walczyk, Bairbre Ni Chiardha, John Gleeson, Jose Lanters and Sandy Hofmann with Irish Minister Fergus O'Dowd.

The Celtic world offers a dynamic forum for the combined study of language, culture, politics, education, and the arts. The Center for Celtic Studies provides enrichment to both UWM students and the community at large through the Certificate Program and the Center's many activities and resources.


John Gleeson officially retired from his position as director of the Center for Celtic Studies at the end of the 2012-13 academic year, although he continues to be involved in the Center's activities and occasionally teaches Celtic Studies courses. John's successor as the Center's director is Bairbre Ní Chiardha, who now handles all day-to-day affairs in the Celtic Studies office; José Lanters continues in her role as the Center's faculty co-director.