Gaelic Language & Cultural Sustainability

Program Overview
Admission Requirements
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This area of study is offered in the Bachelor of Arts Community Studies (BACS)

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General Requirements for High School Graduates

  • See CBU’s English Language Requirements here.

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Transfer Student Requirements

  • In order to transfer to CBU you must be in good academic standing at your current/previous institution.
  • You must meet the general admissions requirements (or the post-secondary equivalent) for the program, found under the Canadian or International tabs of this tool.
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  • Please email us if you have specific questions about admission requirements and transferring to CBU:
Fall 2024
August 15, 2024
Winter 2025
December 15, 2024
Fall 2024
April 15, 2024
Winter 2025
September 15, 2024
Spring 2025
January 15, 2025
Fall 2025
April 15, 2025
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Revitalizing Gaelic Language and Culture for Future Generations

Gaelic language and culture are rooted in our Island and at Cape Breton University. At CBU, we embrace this heritage through various programs and initiatives, emphasized by our motto “Théid Dìchioll air Thoiseach” (“Perseverance will Triumph”). 

Designed to support the maintenance and revitalization of Gaelic traditions, the Gaelic Language and Cultural Sustainability program aims to empower future leaders and stewards of this historic culture by fostering collaboration with governmental bodies, local organizations and partners. The program seeks to strengthen relationships crucial for language revitalization and cultural sustainability, including CBU’s partnership with Colaisde na Gàidhlig (the Gaelic College), while offering experiential learning opportunities to study in the only region outside Scotland where Gaelic remains a community language.

The Gaelic Language and Cultural Sustainability program is offered as a major, comprised of 48 credits within the Bachelor of Arts Community Studies degree. The program offers students an opportunity to immerse themselves in Gaelic language and culture, complemented with courses in research methods, language revitalization, language teaching and learning and resilient communities. Alternatively, there are options for certificates in Gaelic Language and/or Cultural Sustainability, totalling 30 credits each. 

Enrolment for this program commences in Fall 2024.

Sample Courses and Resources

Why Study at CBU?

Studying Gaelic Language at CBU offers a unique and enriching learning experience. Here, you will find a deep connection to Gaelic culture through study, activities and traditions. 

We provide students the option for comprehensive and flexible study, taught by faculty who are passionate about revitalizing and maintaining the Gaelic Language here on our Island and abroad. 

CBU’s already established partnerships will enable hands-on experience and the ability for students to engage deeply with the Gaelic community.

What skills will I gain from this program?

  • Language Proficiency: Gaelic reading, writing, speaking and aural comprehension
  • Cultural Production and Expression: develop a deep understanding of the links between Gaelic culture, traditions and history
  • Researching Gaelic Language and Culture: acquire qualitative research and dissemination strengths such as archival and ethnographic skills
  • Language Revitalization and Leadership: recognize the indicators of an endangered language and best practices for language revitalization
  • Inclusiveness and Reconciliation: gain critical awareness of the legacies of colonialism for Indigenous peoples and for settlers
  • Ability to engage and appreciate diverse cultural perspectives
  • Develop and support strategic cultural sustainability initiatives
  • Build and maintain relationships with cultural organizations and community groups
  • Advocate and promote language preservation

Possible Career Paths

  • Teacher / Educator 
  • Government Relations
  • Employment at Grassroots Institutions
  • Historian 
  • Archivist 
  • Museum professional
  • Social Work
  • Managerial and Administrative roles in levels of government 
  • Employment in Tourism and Culture Industries
  • Journalism

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