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.

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.

Schools with Gaelic or Celtic Studies Degree Programs

The following 4-year institutions offer degree programs in the field:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)*
University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI 4-year, Public Certificate $10,415 (In-state) $29,665 (Out-of-state)
University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA 4-year, Public Bachelor's $13,431 (In-state) $38,139 (Out-of-state)
Harvard University Cambridge, MA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Minor, Doctoral $45,278
Northern Kentucky University Highland Heights, KY 4-year, Public Minor $9,120 (In-state) $17,856 (Out-of-state)
Bard College Annandale-On-Hudson, New York 4-year, Private not-for-profit Minor $49,906
Truman State University Kirksville, MO 4-year, Public Minor $7,456 (In-state) $13,680 (Out-of-state)
University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN 4-year, Private not-for-profit Undergraduate Minor, Graduate Minor, Doctoral $47,929
Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Minor $49,324
New York University New York, NY 4-year, Private not-for-profit Minor, Bachelor's, Master's $47,750

*Source: National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

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

  • Students might consider the number and quality of Gaelic and Celtic studies 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, as well as cultural immersion.
  • 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.

Students interested in Gaelic studies can find undergraduate and graduate degree programs at public and private schools. These programs are relatively rare, and students should consider things like study abroad options and combined graduate degrees when choosing a school to attend.

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