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Minor in Irish Studies

Minor Overview

Ireland’s rich history and culture makes this minor a popular one among students from a diverse range of majors. You’ll build a basic foundation with introductory classes in Irish studies, and then tailor your experience to your interests by choosing related electives in areas ranging from literature and philosophy to music and film. We also encourage you to take advantage of our affiliations with universities in Ireland, where you can spend a semester abroad and truly immerse yourself in the country.

We have unique strengths when it comes to Irish history. Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac sponsors conferences, speaking events and courses that focus on the tragic Irish potato famine of the 1840s. And our Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum is a valuable resource for students interested in exploring art, sculpture and writings pertaining to the Famine. Through this program you’ll have opportunities to enrich your experience and earn credit through internships in both Ireland and in the U.S.

Curriculum and Requirements

Irish Studies Minor Curriculum

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

IRST 101Introduction to Irish Studies3
HS 229Irish History3
IRST 300Special Topics in Irish History (Capstone equivalent 300-level course)3
Select 9 credits in electives in approved courses in subject areas such as English, philosophy, political science, history, music and film, video and interactive media.9
Total Credits18

Students have an opportunity to complete courses for the minor at a partner university or institution in Ireland. Credits also are available through relevant internships in Ireland or at Quinnipiac University.

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