The Irish Studies Program Director's office is located in the Saint Augustine Center Room 455. The phone number is (610)519-4647. Messages and information can also be found in the English Department on the fourth floor of the Saint Augustine Center. (Directions to campus).
The Irish Studies minor teaches students in an interdisciplinary manner about the art, literature, theatre, politics, and history of modern Ireland and its United States diaspora. The cultural history is rich and varied, and the skills learned in this interdisciplinary minor may be applied to many fields of work after college. These skills include critical thinking, research methods and writing, presentations, and argument--beneficial to fields as diverse as law, medicine, public relations, non-profit and business managment. Our faculty are world-class and our courses varied, rich, and engaging.
The minor also offers students the opportunity to learn the Irish language, both on campus through our Irish language courses and abroad in the Gaeltacht regions of Ireland.
Study options are available at major Irish universities on a semester or year long basis. In addition, students may take part in a six-credit Villanova-in-Ireland summer program at University College Galway. The program also offers the Abbey Theatre Internship and the Abbey Theatre Summer Studio as well as the opportunity to study the Irish language over the summer in Gaeltacht regions in Ireland. Studiyng under the Heimbold Chair and learning the Irish history of Philadelphia are other excellent opportunities offered through the Irish studies concentration.
Ciáran Ó Braonáin from Dublin and the University College, Dublin, is on campus this year to teach Introductory Irish I & II to Villanova students.
Eamonn Wall will hold the Heimbold Chair of Irish Studies in the Spring of 2014.