Irish Studies Minor

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The Minor in Irish Studies at Sacred Heart University is designed to offer students an opportunity for an in-depth interdisciplinary study of Irish and Celtic culture, history, language, literature, music, politics, and society. Distinctive features of the program include study at SHU’s program in Dingle, Ireland, and an emphasis on patterns of socio-cultural and political change in contemporary Ireland and the place of Ireland in the modern world.

Students are required to take a minimum of 18 credits (6 courses) to complete the Minor in Irish Studies. The 18 credits include two required foundation courses and a minimum of four designated Irish Studies electives.

The required and elective course requirements are distributed as follows:

  • HI255 Celtic and Irish History (3 credits)
  • An approved course in Irish/Celtic literature, religion, or spirituality (3 credits)
  • 4 Irish Studies courses (12 credits), selected from an approved list of designated Irish Studies courses
  • At least one 3-credit course in SHU’s Ireland program in Dingle

In order to provide students with the opportunity to pursue a special area of interest not represented in the Irish Studies curriculum, one 3-credit independent study course may be substituted for one of the four Irish Studies electives. Independent study courses for the Irish Studies minor must be approved in advance by the Director of the Irish Studies minor.

The following courses have been pre-approved for the Minor in Irish Studies:

AN107 Irish Anthropology and Folklore
AN204 Introduction to Irish Archaeology
AN299 The Ethnography of Ireland
AN299 Life Histories and Culture Change in Dingle

Foreign Languages
GL011 Introduction to Irish Language
GL107 Beginning Irish I
GL108 Beginning Irish II

HI255 Celtic and Irish History
HI257 History and Memory in Modern Ireland

EN299 The Roots of Irish Literature: Myths, Sagas, and Folktales
EN299 Modern Irish Literature

Media Studies
MS299 Irish National Cinema
MS384 Irish Cinema: Theory and Practice

MU106 Introduction to Traditional Irish Music

Political Science
PO310 Irish Politics

Religious Studies
RS216 Celtic Religious Traditions
RS299 Women and Celtic Spirituality
RS315 Theology and Native Irish Spirituality