UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018

College of Letters and Science

Celtic Studies

Josepha Lanters, Professor in English, and Bairbre Ni Chiardha, Lecturer in Celtic Studies, Co-Directors
MER G42, (414) 229-2608, bairbre@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 2.750, 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

- Cultural Emphasis. This option requires the following two courses (6 credits) and at least 12 additional 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

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” and "Irish Step Dance" subtitles

English 192

First-Year Seminar: "Celtic Folk and Fairy Tales" subtitle

English 229

Introduction to Modern Literature: "Irish Modernism" subtitle

English 243

Introduction to Literature by Women: "Irish Women Writers"; "Contemporary Celtic Women Writers" subtitles

English 245 The Life, Times, and Work of a Literary Artist: "Flannery O'Connor" subtitle

English 247

Literature and Human Experience: "Literature from Northern Ireland" subtitle

English 263 Introduction to the Novel: "The Irish Tradition" and "The Irish Novel" subtitles

English 275

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

English 277

Introduction to Ethnic Minority Literature: "Irish American Literature"

English 285

Modern Irish Literature and Language

English 306

Survey of Irish Literature

English 325 The Art of Fiction: "The Irish Short Story" subtitle
English 344 Modern Drama: "Contemporary British and Irish Plays" subtitle

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

Hist 371 Topics in European History: "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

Theatre 490

Topics in Theatre: "Irish Theatre: A Sense of Place" and "20th Century Irish Theatre and Consequence of Place" subtitles

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.



Celtic Studies (CELTIC)


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