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Irish Studies Minor

The Irish Studies minor is an interdisciplinary program of study focusing on the history, literature, societies, and cultures of Ireland, including the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, and the Irish Diaspora. This minor can be combined with any major and minor. A minimum of 9 credits must be exclusive to the minor and cannot be counted toward any other majors/minors/certificate programs.

Irish Studies Minor Requirements (15 credits)

Select 9 credits from the following courses:

HIST 3240 - Irish History (3 credits)

This course will study Irish history from the Neolithic era to the 21st century, focusing on the colonial relation between Britain and Ireland, including the 17th-century Plantation, the Cromwellian and Williamite wars, the United Irishmen and the 1798 Rising, the Act of Union, the Great Hunger (Famine) and emigration to America, and the formation of the Irish Republic and the Northern Irish state in 1922. Prerequisites: one HIST course; and COMP 2000 or COMP 2010 or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H.

HIST 4900 - Special Topics in History, when taught as an Irish history topic (3 credits)

Advanced studies in selected topics in history, such as interpretations of Revolution, the role of technology in society, or environmental history. Specific focus to be announced. May be repeated once for credit, if content changes and with written consent of department chair. Prerequisites: one HIST course; COMP 2000, COMP 2010, or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H or HIST 1030H or HIST 1040H.

HUMN 2400 - Introduction to Celtic Studies (3 credits)

This course provides an introduction to the languages, literatures, history, art, mythology and cultures of the Celtic peoples of Europe, from ancient Gaul, Britain and Ireland to the 21st century. Prerequisites: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H. 

LITR 3510 - Irish Literature (3 credits)

A study of Irish and Celtic literatures, focusing on early Irish myth and medieval literature translated from Gaelic, the literature of the Irish Renaissance in the early 20th century, and contemporary Irish poetry and prose. Prerequisites: one LITR course; and COMP 2000, COMP 2010, or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H. 

In addition, students must take one or two travel study courses in Ireland or Northern Ireland, preferably after completing at least one of the above core NSU courses. These travel study courses may include any of the following subjects and would be offered as Special Topics courses:

  • Irish Art and Architecture
  • Irish Film
  • Irish Language (Gaelic)
  • Irish Literature and Politics
  • Transatlantic Currents: Ireland and America in the Modern Era

Qualifying travel study credit may also be earned through participation in pre-approved programs offered through partner institutions.

The academic program and curriculum requirements listed on this page are from the NSU Undergraduate Student Catalog. Students are bound by policies and curricula published in the catalog in effect the semester they enter the university, unless an agreement is made with appropriate NSU administration officials allowing them to abide by policies published in a later catalog.

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