The only one of its kind in North America, the Department of Irish Language and Literature gives undergraduate students a variety of opportunities to engage academically with Irish language, literature, and culture.
In the major, supplementary major, and minor in Irish language and literature, our world-class faculty teach students Irish — the indigenous language of Ireland and the voice of the oldest vernacular literature in Europe — and help them to explore Irish culture in its native language.
The minor in Irish studies allows students to engage in the interdisciplinary study of Irish culture in fields such as anthropology, English, history, political science, and film, television, and theatre and work in close collaboration with faculty in the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies.
Learning with these scholars, both within and beyond the classroom, gives students a unique knowledge, understanding, and appreciation 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.