Celtic Studies

The Department of Celtic Studies offers one 6-credit courses and three 3-credit courses at the 100-level.  The 6-credit course is an introductory language course, requiring no prior knowledge of Celtic language.  The other two 3-credit courses are Celtic history courses taught in English.

CELT 101 – Gaelic Language and Culture I (3 credits)
CELT 102 – Gaelic Language and Culture II (3 credits)
CELT 131 – Celtic Civilization I (3 credits)
CELT 132 – Celtic Civilization II (3 credits)

CELT 101 and 102 are recommended for a major, required for an honours program in Celtic Studies and acceptable as a electives in any program other than the Diploma in Engineering.

Students intending a Celtic Studies program may wish to take both a Celtic language course and CELT 131 and 132 in first year, but are not required to do so. CELT 131 and 132 are not required courses for any particular program in the department, but either these two courses or CELT 327 and 328 are required for the honours programs.

CELT 131 and 132 may be used as electives in any program, and are also acceptable for credit in programs in the Department of History.

Course Descriptions from the Current Academic Calendar:

101   Gaelic Language and Culture I
This course is an introduction to the Gaelic language and culture of Scotland and Nova Scotia for students with no prior knowledge of the language. Students will learn the basics of spoken and written Gaelic as well as aspects of Gaelic culture rooted in the language. Credit will be granted for only one of CELT 101 and CELT 100. Three credits. 

102  Gaelic Language and Culture II
Through a variety of written, oral, and audio-visual activities, students will build on their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills from the first semester. Students will also acquire a more advanced foundation in Gaelic grammar. Discussion of select Gaelic customs, practices, and traditions from Nova Scotia and Scotland will also form part of this course as they arise in the process of learning the language. Credit will be granted for only one of CELT 102 and CELT 100. Prerequisite: CELT 101 or permission of instructor. Three credits. 

131   Celtic Civilization I
This course provides an introduction to the Celtic peoples from the earliest times to the Middle Ages.  Topics will include history, language, art, literature, mythology and early Celtic Christianity.  Acceptable as a course in history. Three credits.

132   Celtic Civilization II
This course covers the Celtic cultures of Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Brittany, the Isle of Man and Cornwall from the medieval to modern period. Topics will include history, language, music, folklore, and literature. Three credits.


Please refer to Section 9.8 Celtic Studies in the Academic Calendar.

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