Irish Studies

The Institute of Irish Studies provides an interdisciplinary and intercampus minor that seeks to promote a serious and thoughtful appreciation of Irish history, culture, and society. Courses from such varied disciplines as history, literature, language, theatre, religious studies, art, music, and the social sciences will contribute to a mature understanding of Ireland and the Irish diaspora, particularly in America. The Institute also sponsors public programs, including conferences, lectures, and performances and noncredit courses for the benefit of all Fordham students, alumni, and the general public who might have serious interest in Irish studies.

Program Activities

The Institute of Irish Studies facilitates internships in such places as the Irish Consulate, Irish theatre groups, and Irish publications in New York City. We also facilitate study-abroad opportunities in Ireland. It is possible to do a major in Irish studies by consulting with the class dean and the program director of Irish studies and designing an individualized major.

Courses outside the institute

The following courses offered outside the department have the IRST attribute and count toward the Irish Studies minor:

CourseTitleCredits
AMCS 3320THE WRITING IRISH4
ENGL 3067CONTEMPORARY WOMEN POETS4
ENGL 3306JONATHAN SWIFT AND THE ART OF SATIRE4
ENGL 3532JAMES JOYCE4
ENGL 3542MODERN IRISH LITERATURE4
ENGL 3612ACTING AMERICAN4
ENGL 4149MODERN DRAMA AS MORAL CRUCIBLE4
ENGL 4490BRITISH LITERATURE, HISTORY, AND CULTURE OF THE GREAT WAR4
HIST 3260MEDIEVAL IRELAND TO 16914
HIST 3412THE TUDORS4
HIST 3425HENRY VIII'S ENGLAND4
HIST 3430THE WORLD OF QUEEN ELIZABETH I4
HIST 345520TH CENTURY IRELAND4
HIST 3456BRITAIN: 1688-18674
HIST 3458IRELAND: 1688-19234
HIST 3806U.S. IMMIGRATION/ETHNICITY4
HIST 4710SEMINAR: EARLY MODERN BRITISH EMPIRE4
POSC 3324POLITICS OF IMMIGRATION4
POSC 3645POLITICS OF IMMIGRATION4
THEA 2540THE IRISH THEATRE4

For more information

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IRST 3409. IRISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE 1. (4 Credits)

IRISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.

Attribute: IPE.

IRST 3412. IRISH AMERICA. (4 Credits)

This course traces the historical experience of Irish emigrants from the mid-17th century to the present day. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.

Attribute: AMST.

IRST 3418. 20TH CENTURY IRISH WOMEN LITERATURE. (4 Credits)

Introduction to 20th century Ireland and both the role of women and how they were portrayed in literature. Focus on gender roles, sex, and marriage, motherhood and society in a slowly modernizing, independent Ireland. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.

IRST 3419. CONTEMPORARY IRISH LITERATURE. (4 Credits)

Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.

IRST 3450. IRISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE 2. (4 Credits)

This course is a continuation of Irish Language and Culture I and seeks to advance students knowledge of the Irish language. More emphasis will be placed on advancing conversation skills through the use of interactive modern language teaching techniques. The course also aims to provide a greater context of the language's cultural aspects, such as Osean-n-so song, dance, and folk traditions. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.

IRST 4999. IRISH STUDIES TUTORIAL. (1-4 Credits)

In consultation with the director of the program, students may take a tutorial in Irish studies.