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Celtic Studies

About the minor

A minor in Celtic Studies is centred in the study of the languages, 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.

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.

Candidates for the minor 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 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.

Requirements for completion

The Celtic Studies minor requirements are listed in the Celtic Studies unit of study table.

Please note that the Celtic Studies minor is only available to students enrolled in the minor prior to 2021.

Learning outcomes

No. Learning outcome
1 Demonstrate depth of knowledge in Celtic Studies through discipline-based research expertise and knowledge of Celtic languages.
2 Critically analyse and evaluate knowledge from a variety of sources.
3 Analyse sources and propose evidence-based solutions to critical questions.
4 Apply ethical frameworks to academic inquiry through reflecting on Celtic identity in its disciplinary and cultural context.
5 Communicate complex ideas in Celtic Studies by making presentations in diverse media and working collaboratively.
6 Compare evidence from literary, linguistic and archaeological sources to evaluate historic identities and cultures.
7 Approach local and global challenges in scholarship and civil life with personal integrity and intellectual rigor.

Celtic Studies does not offer an Honours program. Students interested in Celtic Studies research are encouraged to contact the Director of Celtic Studies to explore the possibility of taking up the Masters by Research instead.

Contacts and further information

Contact details can be found on these websites:

Celtic Studies (Department of English)
School of Literature, Art and Media