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.