Celtic Studies is a broad field that has as its core the languages, literatures, and histories of Celtic-speaking peoples, from the Continental Celts of ancient Gaul to the modern survivals in Scotland, Ireland, the island of Man, Wales, Cornwall, and Brittany. The discipline of Celtic Studies extends into a wide range of topics, including archaeology, art, music, literature, folklore, religion, dance, immigration, and ethnic studies.
StFX is one of the few universities offering the study of Celtic languages and the literature and history of the Celts from about 800 BC to the present. Celtic courses may be chosen as electives. StFX is the only university in North America offering four years of Scottish Gaelic.
Graduates of the Celtic Studies program have many career choices before them, from education to entertainment and research. Many go on to advanced studies in fields such as history, language, theology and library science.
Students may pursue Celtic Studies as a major, advanced major, honours, or at the graduate level. StFX is one of only a few institutions in Canada to offer a Master of Arts in Celtic Studies.
The First Year
In addition to a variety of interdisciplinary courses, first-year students will take courses that provide an introduction to the Scottish or Irish Gaelic language, culture and history at the 100 level.
Situated in the Highland Heart of Nova Scotia, the working language of the department is Scottish Gaelic, and a wide variety of courses are offered in Celtic civilization and in the Gaelic folklore of Ireland and Scotland. The Celtic Student Society at StFX, (‘An Comunn Ceilteach’) is one of the most active societies on campus.
StFX undergraduate and masters students produce research papers and dissertations as well as creative projects, such as audio and video recordings and have become leading lights in the revival and development of Gaelic in both Scotland and Canada. StFX also possesses the largest and most important collection of Scottish Gaelic manuscripts, publications, and recordings in Canada, particularly in the substantial holdings of the Celtic Collection of the Angus L. Macdonald Library. Faculty members are leading researchers in the history, language, and literature of Gaelic communities in North America and Scotland.