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The Celtic Studies Program at UW-Madison facilitates the integrated examination of Celtic peoples, histories and cultures among UW’s faculty, staff and students. Irish Studies is a significant element of the program. The program sponsors/co-sponsors such events as university speakers, team-taught courses and the Madison Celtic Film Festival. The Program offers an undergraduate Certificate in Celtic Studies: however, it will not accept new certificate students until Spring of 2018. Undergraduate students can also major in Celtic Studies under the provisions of the individual major program. Graduate students pursue Irish and Celtic Studies through advanced research with faculty in departments across the university.

The Celtic Studies Program maintains an e-mail list for distributing notice of upcoming program-sponsored events, course information, grant opportunities, and other information. If you wish to be added to the list, please contact Professor Jim Leary with the subject line “Celtic Studies List.”

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Undergraduate Irish Studies courses regularly taught by faculty active in the Celtic Studies Program are listed below. Please contact individual faculty for information about graduate-level coursework and research opportunities.

Comparative Literature 350/750 Celtic Myths and Legends (Livanos)
English 454: James Joyce (Begam)
English 477: The Irish Literary Revival (Faculty)
English 478/Theatre and Drama 619: Modern Irish Drama/Modern Irish Theatre (Trotter)
Folklore 517: The Irish Tradition (Leary/DuBois)
Folklore 518: Scottish Traditions (Livanos)
Folklore 530: Irish and Irish-American Traditions (Leary)
Folklore 530: Celtic Studies Roundtable (multiple instructors, DuBois, organizer and instructor of record)
History 503: Irish and Scottish Migrations (Archdeacon)
Scandinavian 520: Celtic-Scandinavian Cultural Interrelations (DuBois)
Theatre and Drama 219: Film and Contemporary Celtic Identities (Trotter)

Interested undergraduate students should contact individual faculty regarding independent study opportunities

I am President Emeritus and Regent Professor with the University of Wisconsin System. I have published and presented on Irish autobiography and biography, James Joyce, modern Irish poetry, and Northern Irish politics. In Liam Harte’s A History of Irish Autobiography