Irish Studies Program

Why pursue Irish Studies?

Irish Studies is an interdisciplinary program focused on the study of Ireland and its peoples, with particular emphasis on language, history and culture. Politically, the island offers a unique case study in colonialism, decolonisation and the growth of the neoliberal nation-state. Students interested in issues of race, gender, class, transnationalism, diaspora and the nation state, are given opportunities to travel to Ireland to study the Irish language and take courses at select Irish universities. Our goal is to promote intercultural learning, language proficiency and cultural sensitivity, whilst teaching academic literacy to a high standard.

The Saint Mary’s approach

This unique, interdisciplinary program will equip you with valuable research, interpersonal and communication skills. Studying a new language and culture will also enhance cultural sensitivity. There are many opportunities to earn awards in this program, including the Allister and Josephine Cannon Scholarship and the Ireland Canada University Foundation (ICUF) Gaeltacht Scholarships.

Sample courses offered:

  • Intro to Modern Irish
  • Irish Musical Tradition
  • Irish Folklore
  • Ireland: An Introduction
  • Irish Drama in the 20th Century
  • Issues in Modern Irish History
  • Irish Shame

Future career opportunities:

  • Historian
  • Language instructor
  • Writer
  • Genealogist
  • Journalist
  • Museum curator

What our students are saying

“Pádraig Ó Siadhail is a great prof and the reason I learned the language without much difficulty. I received the ICUF scholarship for 2009 and spent a month in An Cheathrú Rua, a small town in the Connamara Gaeltacht attending summer school for Irish language students.”

- Dusty Keleher, Irish Studies

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