The Minor in Irish Studies is available to students in all degree programs. It allows the student to structure and focus various electives into a unified program of study within the student's overall degree goals. Fifteen credits are required to complete the concentration, of which six are Core requirements.
The Minor also allows the student to see the art, literature, and history of modern Ireland from this perspective of the continuum of culture. Fifteen credits are required to complete the concentration, of which six credits are core requirements.
The following two core courses, one from each field:
Any three of the following:
In addition, each Spring semester the Charles A. Heimbold Chair in Irish Studies hosts an Irish Writer-in-Residence. The chair holder offers two courses of his/her own design.
Many study-abroad programs are available in Ireland on a semester or year-long basis. Students may also enroll in our Summer in Ireland, a six-credit, six-week program that includes four weeks at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) or our three-week Abbey Theatre Summer Studio.
During the Summer in Ireland Program, six Irish Studies courses are available in Literature (2), History, Sociology, Archeology and Music and Dance. All of these may count toward the Minor in Irish Studies.
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.