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Celtic Studies

The Celtic Studies program is part of the School of Literature, Art and Media.

About the major

Celtic Studies is centred in the study of language, 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.

Candidates for the major 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 a program of 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.

Pathways through the major

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.

The units of study for the major can be found in the unit of study table for Celtic Studies. The table shows units of study on offer in the current handbook year. You can find information regarding a full list of units of study available to the major on the departmental website.

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: Ancient History, Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, Classics, English, French, Ancient Greek, German, Hebrew, History, Italian, Latin, Linguistics, Modern Greek, Sanskrit, Spanish or Studies in Religion.

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 at least two of the three core units of study; CLST2601 Defining the Celts, CLST2605 Celts in History, and CLST2614 The Otherworld Journey Tale in Celtic Literature. Candidates are also required to take at least two language modules, one at 2000 level and one at 3000 level.

Sample pathway
Sample pathway – Celtic Studies major
First year S1 Junior unit, taken from a range of subject areas Junior unit, taken from a range of subject areas Junior unit Junior unit
S2 Junior unit, taken from a range of subject areas Junior unit Junior unit Junior unit
Second year S1

Senior-intermediate (2000 level) core CLST unit

CLST2601-Defining the Celts

Senior-intermediate CLST language unit

(eg CLST2608-Modern Welsh Language and Culture 1)

Senior unit Senior unit

Senior-intermediate (2000 level) core CLST unit

CLST2605-Celts in History

Senior-advanced CLST language unit

(eg CLST3604 Middle Welsh)
Senior unit Senior unit
Third year S1 Senior Celtic Studies elective unit Senior unit Senior unit Senior unit
S2 Senior Celtic Studies elective unit Senior unit Senior unit Senior unit


Admission into Celtic Studies honours requires an average of 70 percent or above in the major.

Refer to the degree resolutions in this Handbook and to the Faculty Admissions Policy for Honours:

Contact/further information

Department website:

Program Director: Professor Jonathan Wooding
Phone: +61 2 9351 3841