Minor in Irish Studies

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 minor, of which six are core requirements.

The Minor also allows the student to see the art, literature, language, and history of modern Ireland from this perspective of the continuum of culture.  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.   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.

Major in Irish Studies

Irish Studies offers a major as a specialization of a Global Interdisciplinary Studies (GIS) major.  The major in Irish Studies provides an interdisciplinary and comparative approach to deepen students' understandings of the history, culture, religion, politics, literature, and society of Ireland.  Students may sign up for the major and choose their Irish Studies specialization through the Department of Global Interdisciplinary Studies in 36 Garey Hall.  The GIS Chair and the  Program Director of Irish Studies will work closely with each student to develop their individual interests, abilities, and career goals while fulfilling the requirements for their major. 

Please see the GIS page for more information on the Major/Specialization in Irish Studies.

Every year a Fulbright language instructor comes to Villanova through the Fulbright FLTA program.

For 2017-2018 we have Ciara Heneghan (Ní É) who received her MA from the University College Dublin and her BA from Trinity College Dublin.  Her email address is ciara.heneghan@villanova.edu.

The two courses below will count toward the concentration in Irish Studies. A minor in Irish Studies will require three courses in addition to the two listed below. At least one from the English Department (ENG 2450 or 2500) and one from the History Department (HIS 2286 or 3216) will be required.

IS 1111:  Introductory Irish Language I
Groundwork in Irish (Gaelic), including oral proficiency,aural comprehension, and reading knowledge; for students with no prior knowledge of Irish. Supplementary language laboratory work and oral drills.  4.00 credits

IS 1112 Introductory Irish Language II
Groundwork in Irish (Gaelic), including oral proficiency,aural comprehension and reading knowledge; for students with one semester of Irish study completed. Supplementary language laboratory work and oral drills.  Students should have completed IS 1111 or equivalent.  4.00 credits

IS 1121 Intermediate Irish Language.

Offered either in the Fall or Spring semester, Intermediate Irish I, is a lower level intermediary course designed for students who have already completed the equivalent of one year of university-level Irish. The main objectives of this module are to consolidate, and expand the language and communicative skills acquired in introductory level courses and to build cultural competencies. The learner interacts and collaborates with classmates while creating with the language in meaningful, realistic contexts

Required Courses:

Two of the following courses, one from each field: 

Literature survey course:

  • ENG 2450 - Irish Epics, Visions & Hauntings OR
  • ENG 2500 - Irish Revival

History survey course:

  • HIS 2286 - Irish-American Saga OR
  • HIS 3216 - Ireland since 1800

Elective Courses:

Any three of the following:

  • AAH 3007 - The Art of Ireland
  • ENG 1975:  Irish Literature and Memoir
  • ENG 1975:  Irish Otherworlds
  • ENG 2450 - Irish Literature to 1880
  • ENG 2460 - Irish Poetry since Yeats
  • ENG 2470 - Modern Irish Drama
  • ENG 2490 - Topics in Irish Studies: 
    • Irish Film
    • Religion and Nation
    • Irish Fiction after 1900
  • ENG 2500 - Irish Revival
  • ENG 3615 - James Joyce
  • ENG 3616 - Irish American Drama & Film
  • ENG 5000 - Memory in Irish Literature
  • HIS 2286 - Irish-American Saga
  • HIS 3214 - Eighteenth Century Ireland
  • HIS 3200 - Medieval Britain and Ireland
  • HIS 3216 - Ireland since 1800
  • HON 3600 - Heimbold Chair of Irish Studies courses
  • IS 1111 - Introductory Irish Language I
  • IS 1112 - Introductory Irish Language II
  • IS 1121 - Intermediate Irish Language
  • PHI 5000 - Irish Thought
  • SAR 3030 -  Irish Music: 1800-Present

Study Abroad

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.

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