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Celtic Studies

For continuing students only. No new admissions from 2020.
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 deļ¬ned 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.


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.

Contact and further information

Contact details can be found on these websites:

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