Irish Studies Minor

For a 15-credit minor in Irish Studies, students complete the following:

Select one of the following:3
Irish Literature 1
Ireland: Middle Ages to the Present 2
Ireland Since the Famine 2
Select four additional Irish Studies electives12
Total Credits15


  • Subject to the Irish Studies Program Director's approval, students may apply up to three courses (9 credits) taken at NUI Galway towards their minor in Irish Studies.
  • While studying abroad is not required for completion of the Irish Studies minor, students are encouraged to do so.
  • Irish Studies courses are offered in a variety of fields and disciplines. Please contact the program director for a course list and descriptions.

Irish Studies Electives

AHST 1121Celtic and Early Irish Art3
AHST 2221Arts of Ireland and the British Isles, 500-10003
ENGL 1420Myths and Legends of Ireland and Britain3
ENGL 1610Irish Literature3
ENGL 1620Irish Women Writers3
ENGL 3019James Joyce3
HIST 2215Ireland: Middle Ages to the Present3
HIST 3315Ireland Since the Famine3
IRST 1111Introduction to the Irish Language I3
IRST 1112Introduction to the Irish Language II3
POLI 2257Northern Ireland: Politics of War and Peace3

Student Learning Outcomes

Students minoring in Irish Studies should be able to:

  • Express, orally and in writing, the significant connections between literature, history, politics, and art.
  • Articulate the complexity of another culture (social, political, religious, economic) using the example of Ireland.
  • Explain clearly and in depth the social, political, and religious problems that confronted and still do confront Irish people, including the role of literary and artistic production in the country’s troubled history.
  • Examine, with fluency, Irish historical documents, poems, works of art, and literary prose, and to analyze them vis a vis their contexts and their meanings for the individual and society.