Undergraduate Programs

Student in Connemara

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

The small classes taught by dedicated professors help develop critical thinking and communication skills in both English and Irish while allowing students to engage deeply in a variety of topics relating to Ireland.

Empowerment through culture

Learning Irish empowers students to experience and interact with Irish culture in its native language. Learning with renowned scholars, both within and beyond the classroom, gives students a unique knowledge of Irish culture and traditions.

Each year students take advantage of partially and fully funded study abroadresearch, and internship opportunities in Ireland. 

The time they spend studying the Irish language not only furthers this knowledge but also enhances their ability to study abroad in Ireland in Notre Dame's Dublin Program and in various summer programs in Donegal, Galway, and Kerry.

Tess Jacobs

"Over the last three years, I have gotten to meet some lifelong friends and amazing mentors! The professors are always willing to help and want to get to know everyone personally. Learning Irish has not only expanded my language skills, but it has taught me so much about everyday life and the history of Ireland! I would highly recommend this track to everyone!"

Mary (Tess) Jacobs, psychology and pre-health major, Irish language and literature minor


We offer a minor in Irish language and literature and a minor in Irish studies

Globally Engaged Citizens

Notre Dame’s Globally Engaged Citizens program rewards the learning and experiences you are already engaging in — and will stand out on your resume and show employers and graduate schools that you’re prepared to be a global citizen.

Students in any college or school can earn the certificate by taking two classes and participating in cultural activities on and off campus. You may already be well on your way to meeting the requirements. 

Earn your Globally Engaged Citizens Certificate


For more information, please contact:

Professor Peter McQuillan
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Email: pmcquill@nd.edu