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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. Our courses offer students the opportunity to study the unique experience of Ireland and the Irish to enhance their understanding of the role of culture in human society.

The study of Ireland is compelling for many reasons, including its rich history, culture, music and literature. In addition, the Irish experience illustrates processes it shares with other cultures that can shed light on many global issues today. These include:

  1. colonialism and post colonialism
  2. the search for national identity
  3. emigration and diaspora
  4. integration into the European Union and an increasingly globalized world
  5. the impact of intercommunal political conflict and violence
  6. the evolution of women's roles in society
  7. the changing place of Catholicism in Ireland

Ireland has long had a close relationship with the United States, and it is impossible to study modern Ireland without discussing American influences.  At the same time, Irish immigration into the United States has influenced the development of American society. The study of Ireland, a small, now modern country at the western edge of Europe, leads to a wide exploration of international issues and historical developments.  

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):
    • IRE 100 
    • 5 additional approved elective courses in Irish Studies. Courses must be taken from at least three separate departments/programs and should 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 required part of the minor in Irish Studies. Students taking part in the Study Abroad Program in Dublin may, however, 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:
     
    • IRE 100
    • 1 additional approved elective courses in Irish Studies

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

Irish Studies Courses

General Irish Studies

Course Title Quarter Hours
IRE 100
IRELAND AND THE IRISH EXPERIENCE

History

Course Title Quarter Hours
IRE 101
IRELAND, 1450 - 1800, CONQUEST, COLONIZATION & REBELLION
or CTH 288
IRELAND, 1450-1800, CONQUEST, COLONIZATION & REBELLION
or HST 266
IRELAND, 1450 - 1800, CONQUEST, COLONIZATION & REBELLION
IRE 102
HISTORY OF IRELAND FROM 1800 TO THE PRESENT
or CTH 289
IRELAND, 1800 - 2000
or HST 268
IRELAND, 1800-PRESENT
HST 323
THE CULTURES OF EARLY CHRISTIANITY

Literature

Course Title Quarter Hours
ENG 339
TOPICS IN RESTORATION AND 18TH CENTURY BRITISH LITERATURE (Jonathan Swift) 1
ENG 346
19TH-CENTURY IRISH LITERATURE
ENG 354
THE IRISH REVIVAL
ENG 355
MODERN IRISH LITERATURE
ENG 357
TOPICS IN IRISH STUDIES (Irish Drama) 1
ENG 382
MAJOR AUTHORS (James Joyce) 1

Nature and Culture

Course Title Quarter Hours
IRE 103
IRELAND: RELIGION AND THE CONTEMPORARY "TROUBLES
or REL 274
IRELAND: RELIGION AND THE CONTEMPORARY "TROUBLES
or CTH 274
IRELAND: RELIGION AND THE CONTEMPORARY "TROUBLES
IRE 105
GEOPOLITICS
or GEO 201
GEOPOLITICS
IRE 107
RELIGIOUS GEOGRAPHY 1
or GEO 204
RELIGIOUS GEOGRAPHY
GEO 316
THE EUROPEAN UNION
WGS 249
GENDER AND POLITICS IN IRELAND

Study Abroad

Course Title Quarter Hours
ENG 398
LITERARY AND CULTURAL HERITAGE
HST 398
STUDY TOUR
INT 382
INTERNSHIP RESIDENCY
or PSC 392
INTERNSHIP
PSC 395
TRAVEL/STUDY

Independent Study

Course Title Quarter Hours
IRE 379
INDEPENDENT STUDY

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