Why Elms for your Irish Studies minor?

  • Gain introductory proficiency in speaking Gaelic.
  • Develop an awareness of and appreciation for other cultures.
  • Study abroad in Ireland and broaden your worldview.

Immerse Yourself in Irish Language and Culture

The interdisciplinary Irish studies minor explores many facets of Ireland in a way that complements our other majors. Students studying education, business, history, English literature, and other disciplines will find productive intersections between their classes. If you’re interested in studying abroad or pursuing a career that involves travel, learning about a culture different than your own will help you become a true global citizen.

Learn Beyond the Classroom

In addition to your coursework, you will benefit from a close relationship with the Irish Cultural Center of Western New England (ICC). Since 1999, the ICC and Elms College have brought prominent Irish scholars, politicians, and cultural figures to campus, such as Nobel Laureate Betty Williams, Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams, and arms decommissioning monitors Rev. Alec Reid and Rev. Harold Good. Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants also regularly hold positions on campus, and work closely with students on learning to speak introductory Gaelic.

Apply Your Skills Abroad

Our students have the opportunity to study in Ireland at such schools as the Innisfree College and Convention Center at St. Angela’s College in Sligo, and at Diseart in Dingle, County Kerry. Students can also work with faculty to arrange alternative study abroad experiences at other Irish colleges.


Click to view course requirements for the Irish Studies minor.

Minor Requirements (18 credits. Choose six of the following courses):

Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
IDS 2005IDS 205Irish American Urban Experience3
HIS 2008HIS 208Introduction to Irish Culture3
HIS 3206HIS 326Modern Britain3
HIS 3301HIS 331Northern Ireland and the Troubles3
HIS 3303HIS 333The American Irish3
HIS 3304HIS 334Modern Ireland3
ENG 3807ENG 387Irish Drama3
IRI 1001IRI 101Novice Irish I3
IRI 1002IRI 102Novice Irish II3
Other courses may be offered to fulfill the minor credit requirements. Consult the history department for more details.