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Gaelic Studies Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Students of 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 a Gaelic studies degree, students should look at research opportunities and faculty resources.

Selecting a Gaelic Studies School

Some universities offer Gaelic or Celtic as a specialization option in an interdisciplinary degree program or as an undergraduate minor. Only a few schools offer specific degrees in Gaelic studies, and these are targeted at students working toward academic careers as Gaelic studies scholars. Undergraduate students can prepare with classes in Gaelic or Celtic languages, literature and culture as part of an undergraduate major in art history, anthropology, history or literature, offered through many schools without dedicated Gaelic programs.

Most specific Gaelic studies programs lead to graduate degrees, and students may wish to consider a combined master's and doctoral degree program. Because graduate degrees require original scholarship, programs attached to universities with a large library of manuscripts and a strong translation department may be desirable. A semester studying abroad can allow Gaelic studies graduate students to find and access original manuscripts for theses and dissertations.

In the specialized field of Gaelic studies, scholars often share their wealth of knowledge on speaking tours. When choosing a school, students might consider the number and quality of visiting speakers and writers on Gaelic and Celtic languages and culture, in addition to the scholars and advisors available on the school faculty.

Gaelic studies students may be required to understand Gaulish, Manx, Cornish, Scots Gaelic and Breton. In addition to language study, students become familiar with the history of many Scandinavian and Western European countries that share Gaelic heritage.

U.S. Schools with Gaelic Studies Degree Programs

College/UniversityStudent Population School Type
University of Wisconsin - Madison41,6204-year, Public
University of California - Berkeley35,3964-year, Public
Harvard University26,4964-year, Private not-for-profit

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