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Undergraduate Study: SMC Programs

About Celtic Studies


Celtic Studies

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: Ancient and Mediaeval / Modern
  • 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
  • Celtic Spirituality
  • The Blasket Island Writings
  • Contemporary Celtic Cinema
  • The Continental Celts
  • Mediaeval Celtic Poetry
  • 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 Canada
  • Middle Welsh Language and Literature
  • Old and Middle Irish


Garm Lu is a Celtic Arts journal edited, produced, and published by the students in the program. Contributions include articles, poetry, and artwork.