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Celtic Languages and Literature

Studies of Celtic culture, languages and literature encompass both historical and modern topics about Ireland, Scotland, Wales and other Celtic regions in the British Isles and France. Read on to learn more about an education and career in this field.

Inside Celtic Languages

The study of Celtic languages includes both ancient forms of speech once used in mainland Europe and the present-day languages of Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Celtic literature, with a rich history of oral storytelling and folklore, encompasses medieval Latin-tinged texts as well as present-day writings in Irish, Welsh, Breton and Scottish Gaelic. A degree in this field can lead to a variety of international study and work opportunities.

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With an increased interest in Celtic culture and history, many schools have added Celtic studies and/or expanded existing programs. Possible course topics include the literature and history of Ireland and Wales, as well as the languages of these countries. There are also courses in extinct languages such as Manx and Cornish. For undergraduates, Celtic studies could also be chosen as a minor for those majoring in anthropology, art history, linguistics and comparative literature.

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