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The only one of its kind in North America, the Department of Irish Language and Literature gives undergraduate students the opportunity to complete a minor in Irish language and literature. The minor teaches students Irish, the indigenous language of Ireland and the voice of the oldest vernacular literature in Europe, and allows them to engage Irish culture in its native language.

Our world-class faculty teaches students Irish, the indigenous language of Ireland and the voice of the oldest vernacular literature in Europe, which allows them to engage Irish culture in its native language. Department faculty include Professor Peter McQuillan, Professor Bríona Níc Dhiarmada, Professor Diarmuid Ó Giolláin and distinguished visiting professors, usually from Ireland.

Learning with these scholars, both within and beyond the classroom, gives students a unique knowledge of Irish culture and traditions. The time they spend studying the Irish language not only furthers this knowledge but also enhances their ability to study abroad in Ireland, both in Notre Dame's Dublin Program and in various summer programs in Donegal, Galway, and Kerry.

Our students leave Notre Dame having received an education that enriches their understanding of the humanities and world culture and translates to any number of careers.