Irish landscape

This interdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary, program introduces students to the history, people and cultures of Ireland, both pre- and post-Partition. Students choose from a range of courses that provide relevant and rigorous intellectual learning, internships, study trips to Ireland and a capstone course that utilizes the unique range of Irish sources available within Quinnipiac University.

This minor is suitable for students with interests in the humanities, the arts and the sciences, as well as those interested in colonial and post-colonial studies, conflict resolution, human rights and social justice. Each of these topics, individually and collectively, contributes to our understanding of the diversity, complexity and potential of viewing Irish Studies within a global context. Students are encouraged to spend a semester abroad in an Irish University, but this is not compulsory.

Interested students are required to apply for acceptance to the minor.

Program of Study
Application: Students are eligible to apply for the minor in the first semester of sophomore year. Interested students should contact Ireland's Great Hunger Institute or the Department of History.

Course Structure
Students must complete 18 total credits (usually six courses) in Irish Studies and related disciplines.

Required courses:

  • IRST 101 Introduction to Irish Studies (3 credits)
  • HS 229 Irish History (3 credits) - Course can be substituted with an approved alternate Irish history or literature course
  • IRST 301 Irish Studies Capstone (currently in development) (3 credits)

Students complete a further nine credits in electives in approved courses in subject areas such as English, philosophy, political science, history, music and film, video and interactive media. Students have an opportunity to complete courses for the minor at a partner university or institution in Ireland. Credits are also available through relevant internships in Ireland or at Quinnipiac University.

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