The Celtic Studies program offers a wide variety of undergraduate courses on the languages, literature, history, music, folklore, art and archaeology of the peoples of Ireland, Scotland and Wales. We examine Celtic identities in the modern as well as the ancient and medieval world, and explore the transmission of these traditions to Canada and the United States.
Our program attracts visiting professors from Ireland, organizes conferences with international scholars, and offers summer scholarships for students to study across the Atlantic. We provide intellectually stimulating courses in a personal, student-friendly learning environment.
Celtic Studies may be taken as a minor, major, or specialist program.
Celtic Studies is an undergraduate program only. Students in the Faculty of Arts and Science of the University of Toronto may enrol in the program at the end of their first year. All students in the Faculty of Arts and Science are welcome in the program and its individual courses.
Celtic Studies Courses Include:
Not all courses are offered every year | See Celtic Studies Program Requirements and Courses
- Introduction to Irish Language
- Celtic Cultures through the Ages
- Introduction to Scottish Gaelic
- Modern Welsh
- Celtic Mythology
- Intermediate Irish Language
- Early Celtic History
- The Celtic Nations in the Later Middle Ages
- Modern Gaelic Literature
- Literature of Three Nations: Ireland, Scotland and Wales
- Mediaeval Celtic Narratives
- Celtic Archaeology
- Celtic Folklore
- Traditional Music in Ireland and Scotland
- History of Early Modern Ireland
- Seamus Heaney and Irish Literary Tradition
- Celtic Spirituality
- The Blasket Island Writings
- Early Celtic Cinema
- Contemporary Celtic Cinema
- The Continental Celts
- The Celtic Book
- The Contemporary Irish Novel
- Irish Canadian Literature
- The Scots in Cape Breton
- Ireland Since the Famine
- The Great Irish Famine in an International Context
- The Irish and Scots in Canada
- Irish Nationalism in North America
- Middle Welsh Language and Literature
- Old and Middle Irish
Irene J. McGovern And John Ward McGovern in-course scholarship
$5000 awarded to a St Michael's College student in second year or higher who is a specialist or major in Celtic Studies.
The Anna Mary Bridget Loftus Scholarships
Preference will be given to a student enrolled in the Celtic Studies program who demonstrates financial need and good academic standing.
Scholarships for Summer Study Abroad
Scholarships are available from St Michael's College for summer study abroad.
The Eileen Allen Scholarship
Provides assistance for students to attend the Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Irish Studies.
The Denis Leyne Famine Studies Prize
Awarded to the student who writes the best essay on the Irish Famine.
The St Andrew's Society of Toronto
Awarded for summer study in Scotland.
There are two student groups which encourage students to get involved in the Program by organizing cultural and social events: the University of Toronto Celtic Students Society and the Celtic Studies Course Union.
Each year the program organizes a one-day conference on a Celtic topic with guest speakers.
Faculty & Staff
Celtic Studies Speakers Series
St. Andrew's Society of Toronto Annual Lecture
An annual lecture on a Scottish topic, sponsored by the St. Andrew's Society of Toronto