Irish Studies Minor
The Irish Studies Minor is an interdisciplinary program with rich course offerings on Ireland's past and present. By studying the cultures, Diaspora, economy, history, politics, and social relations of Ireland, our minors develop an awareness of ways that the Irish have both shaped and been shaped by other societies, including the United States. Irish Studies also provides a better understanding of several broader topics, including prominent aspects of Western dance, film, literature, music, philosophy, and theater; migration, globalization, regional integration, and economic development; and colonialism, nationalism, armed conflict, and peace processes.
A minor in Irish studies will prepare students for careers in the arts, conflict resolution, international affairs, international business, education, and translation as well as for advanced degrees in a wide range of subjects.
The minor consists of the successful completion of 18 semester hours, distributed as follows:
1. Required Course: IRE20/EUR20 Ireland Inside Out
2. A minimum of 6 semester hours from each of the following two categories:
Category I: Irish History, Politics, and Society
SOC 34 Ethnicity and Minority Groups Relations*
IRE 47/EUR47 The Great Irish Famine
IRE 76/RELI 76 History of Irish Spirituality
IRE 90/SOC 90 The Sociology of Contemporary Ireland
IB 150 Introduction to International Business*
Category II: Irish Cultures
GAEL 1 Elementary Gaelic
IRE 105/LIT 105 Irish Literature in Translation
IRE 110/DNCE 110 Irish Dance: Steps and Studies
IRE 113/ENGL 113 Inventing Identities: Yeats, Heaney, and the Emergence of Modern Irish Poetry
IRE 123/ENGL 123 20th Century Anglo-Irish Drama
RTVF 157 Film Genres: Irish Film
IRE 163 Contemporary Irish-American Literature and Culture
IRE 164/ENGL 164 James Joyce
IRE 180/ENGL 180 The Outlaw in American Literature: An Irish-American Perspective
Note: Courses marked with an asterisk (*) must be taught by specific instructors. See one of the Co-directors for advisement.