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Celtic Studies Minor

The Celtic Studies Minor consists of 21 semester hours and requires the completion of the course requirements listed below.

Major, minor, and general education requirements are determined by the University Catalog for the year that a student first enrolls as a degree seeking student. It is possible change catalog years, but students must notify the registrar and will be bound by the new catalog year for all other requirements (graduation, general education, other majors and minors).

Celtic Studies Minor Requirements

The links below provide direct links to minor requirements as well as course descriptions in the NKU Undergraduate Catalog:

For more information, please contact our current faculty advisors.

Failte! The minor in Celtic studies is designed to give students an overview of the way of life of the prehistoric, historic, and contemporary Celtic peoples throughout Europe.

Our classes focus on the "Six Celtic Nations" of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man, Cornwall (in England), and Brittany (in France) and the Celts of Iberia from the Iron Age to the 21st century (as well as the Celtic Diaspora to places as far-flung in both space and time as ancient Egypt and Appalachia). To learn about Celtic peoples is to explore yet another avenue of what it means to be human.

The Commonwealth of Kentucky is rich in Celtic culture and history. Along with African Americans and German Americans, people of Celtic descent comprise one of the major ethnic groups in the metropolitan area in which Northern Kentucky University is located. One of Kentucky's proudest and most famous Celtic Americans is boxer Muhammad Ali who has visited his ancestral home in Ireland.

More than 150 years ago, one of the deadliest anti-immigrant riots in American history, the Bloody Monday Massacre of August 6, 1855, happened in Kentucky along the banks of the Ohio River in the poorest neighborhoods of the city of Louisville. As many as 150 immigrant men, women, and children, mostly Irish, were slaughtered.

Celtic studies minors are encouraged to participate in Tuath an Ard Tíre Ardaí: The Celtic Studies Club, as well as the Student Anthropology Society and other student groups. Each year NKU Anthropology presents the Outstanding Student in Celtic Studies Award.

NKU Celtic Studies is located in the same metropolitan area as the international Euroceltic Institute, the Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati, and other Celtic organizations. Celtic Studies is proud to be on the same campus as WNKU radio's "Celtic Mornings," broadcast every Sunday.

There are about 20 Celtic studies programs (or related programs, such as Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Manx, Cornish, or Breton studies) in the United States and Canada. NKU's Celtic Studies program is the only such program in the entire Commonwealth of Kentucky and the Ohio Valley region.

For more information, please contact our current faculty advisors.