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Keltologie / Celtic Studies (major subject in a combined bachelor’s degree)

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Program: Keltologie / Celtic Studies
Degree: depends on the major chosen
Program option: major subject in a combined bachelor's degree
Study model: combined bachelor's degree
Program length: 6/8 semesters / 3/4 years (180/ 210 ECTS points) (depending on the combination)
Start: Winter semester 


In this major subject, you will learn the Celtic languages of Old Irish and Middle Welsh, which emerged more than one thousand years ago and – at least as far as Welsh is concerned – are still spoken today in parts of Great Britain. As your studies continue, these language skills will enable you to understand and analyse medieval original texts from these cultural regions and to put them into their cultural and literary historical context. In addition to work with texts from various periods and different types of text, the major subject focuses on issues of text interpretation relating to both philology and literary theory/history.


Due to your wide-ranging expertise in the area of literature, linguistics and cultural studies, the course in the major subject “Celtic Studies” will open the door to professional fields that require the ability to deal systematically with texts, languages and cultures. In this way, you will lay the foundations for career options in the area of adult education, library science and publishing (print and audiovisual media), cultural mediation and culture management, language teaching and public relations.

Your foreign language skills and key competencies will extend your professional field into companies operating in the free-market economy. On an organisational, communicative, social and intellectual level, you will acquire soft skills that are in demand. These include:

  • the ability to independently tap into new fields of knowledge,
  • the ability to organise your own projects independently,
  • the ability to learn,
  • the ability to employ scientific reasoning,
  • moderation skills and
  • analytical and cognitive skills.

Many of the aforementioned abilities are also key factors for your personal development. It is also possible to continue your studies by going on to do the M.A. in Celtic Studies.

The choice of your major subject will decisively shape your professional qualifications profile. In conjunction with one or two minor subjects, your relevant work experience (e.g. internships, part-time jobs, voluntary work) and your personal skills, it will enable you to refine your profile and carve out your own individual array of career options.