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.
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Minor Requirements (18 credits. Choose six of the following courses):
|Course #||Formerly||Course Name||# of Credit Hours|
|IDS 2005||Irish American Urban Experience||3|
|HIS 2008||Introduction to Irish Culture||3|
|HIS 3206||Modern Britain||3|
|HIS 3301||Northern Ireland and the Troubles||3|
|HIS 3303||The American Irish||3|
|HIS 3304||Modern Ireland||3|
|ENG 3807||Irish Drama||3|
|IRI 1001||Novice Irish I||3|
|IRI 1002||Novice Irish II||3|
|Other courses may be offered to fulfill the minor credit requirements. Consult the history department for more details.|