Anglo-Saxon Norse and Celtic
The course in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic (ASNC) offers a unique range of options, not available in this combination at any other British university, or probably in the world. It is designed for studying the languages, literature and history of peoples who inhabited the British Isles and Scandinavia in the earlier Middle Ages – particularly the literature and history of Anglo-Saxon England and of medieval Wales, Ireland, Scotland, Iceland and mainland Scandinavia. Beowulf, the Vikings, Irish legends and early British history (before the Norman Conquest) are just some of the things that fall within our scope.
The Department is one of the smallest in Cambridge, and prides itself on its friendly and informal atmosphere among undergraduates, postgraduates and staff. Because there are usually only one or two ASNaCs (as undergraduate students in the Department are known) per year at any particular College, the Department itself has a strong sense of identity and intercollegiate cohesion.