Gaelic Studies Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Schools with programs in Gaelic literature and culture study the history of the Welsh, Irish and Scottish people as it pertains to their folklore, mythology, history and law, generally at the graduate level. When selecting a school for Gaelic studies, students should look at research opportunities and faculty resources.

How to Choose a Gaelic Studies School

Only a few schools offer specific degrees in Gaelic studies, and these are targeted at students working toward academic careers as Gaelic studies scholars. Some schools may offer undergraduate specializations or minors in Gaelic or Celtic studies and languages.

Gaelic studies students should also take the following into consideration when selecting a program:

  • Students might consider the number and quality of Gaelic and Celtic faculty members, in addition to visiting speakers and writers.
  • Graduate programs often require original research; consider study abroad options, as they can offer access to more research materials.
  • In addition to Gaelic, students may be required to understand related languages, like Manx or Cornish.
  • Most specific Gaelic studies programs lead to graduate degrees, and students may wish to consider a combined master's and doctoral degree program.

10 Schools with Gaelic or Celtic Studies Degree Programs

College/University School Type
University of Wisconsin - Madison 4-year, Public
University of California - Berkeley 4-year, Public
Harvard University 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Northern Kentucky University 4-year, Public
Bard College 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Truman State University 4-year, Public
University of Notre Dame 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Emory University 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Boston College 4-year, Private not-for-profit
New York University 4-year, Private not-for-profit

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