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Irish Studies (Minor)

​The Irish Studies minor is an interdisciplinary academic program focused on Ireland and its place in the world. The purpose of the minor is to give students access to another culture in order to enable them to better understand the role of culture in human society.

The study of Ireland is particularly apposite for a number of reasons:

  1. Ireland has a rich history, culture and literature that in itself is worthy of study. 
  2. The Irish experience epitomizes a variety of processes which are of relevance to an understanding of today’s world. Among them are:
    1. an experience of colonialism and development
    2. the phenomenon of emigration and diaspora
    3. a changing interaction with adjacent countries
    4. finding a place in Europe and a globalized world
    5. searching for cultural identity
    6. coping with intercommunal, political conflict and violence, and reconfiguring the role of women in society
  3. How Ireland has dealt with issues such as the environment and the configuration of gender roles can provide a point of comparison for and reflection on American experience.
  4. The study of Ireland provides insights on how American influence impinges on other cultures.
  5. Irish immigration into the United States has proved to be a formative influence on the development of American society. The study of Ireland can contribute to the shifting search for personal and social identity within America itself.

Course Requirements

​Students can complete the 6 course Irish Studies Minor by completing one of the following two tracks:

1) For students who complete courses at DePaul University Chicago campus (i.e. do not participate in the Dublin Internship):

  • 5 additional approved elective courses in Irish Studies. Courses must be taken from at least three separate departments/programs and must represent a range of topics/issues.

2) For students who participate in DePaul’s Parliamentary Internship in Dublin: 

The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences offers a study abroad program in Dublin, Ireland, twice each year. It provides an excellent opportunity for students to get to know Ireland at first hand. It is not a compulsory part of the minor in Irish Studies. However, students taking part in the Study Abroad Program in Dublin may gain credit for four courses that count towards completion of the minor. Thus, for students who successfully complete the Dublin Internship, the requirements for the IRE minor are as follows:

For further information on the Dublin Parliamentary Internship courses please contact the Director of the Irish Studies Program.

Irish Studies Courses

General Irish Studies 



Nature and Culture

Experiential Learning

Independent Study

  • IRE 379 INDEPENDENT STUDY (A course, approved by the director of the program, can be taken with a member of the Irish Studies faculty).

Ancillary Studies

Courses marked* only count for the Irish Studies minor when focused on a pertinent topic (as in the examples in parentheses in the list of courses above). When a student registers for such a course it will not automatically place as an Irish Studies course in the Degree Progress Report (DPR). The student needs to email the Director of Irish Studies with their name, ID number, and the course(s) at issue to ask for a DPR update.

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