The Department of Irish Language and Literature offers undergraduate minors Irish Language and Literature and in Irish Studies. 

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Minor in Irish Language and Literature

To qualify for a minor in Irish Language and Literature, you must:

  • Demonstrate intermediate proficiency in the Irish language by passing: Intermediate Irish I and Intermediate Irish II.
  • Complete 3 full-credit (3-4 credit) courses in the Department of Irish Language & Literature.

No capstone essay is required.

For more information, please contact:

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

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Interdisciplinary Minor in Irish Studies

Undergraduates in all of Notre Dame's colleges and schools are able to earn an Irish Studies minor.

The requirements are straightforward and conducive to opportunities at the University for study in Ireland:

  • Take 5 full-credit classes cross-listed with Irish Studies for a minimum of 15 credits. The five classes can be in such departments as Irish Language and Literature, English, History, Anthropology, Political Science, and Film, Television, and Theatre.
  • Examples of undergraduate courses include Beginning Irish, Great Irish Writers, Ireland on Screen, From Warrior Queens to Punk Poets: Sex and Power in Irish Literature, Archaeology of Ireland, The Irish Short Story, Irish Culture and Anglicization, The Northern Ireland "Troubles," and Irish Folklore. Some classes offer the opportunity for travel to Ireland.
  • In lieu of one of the five courses, students may take an independent study with a Keough-Naughton Institute faculty fellow.
  • The five classes can be taken on the Notre Dame home campus at Notre Dame Dublin (O'Connell House), or the National University of Ireland Galway.

[Please note: Classes in the Irish language are strongly encouraged but not required; some funded opportunities abroad are available by preference or exclusively for students taking Irish language.]

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Heather Stanfiel
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Email: hrobert3@nd.edu