Ph.D. Minor in Irish Studies


Graduate students pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Notre Dame have the opportunity to complete a graduate minor in Irish Studies. An Irish Studies Minor student will engage with faculty and students from many different disciplinary perspectives to study Ireland -- bringing knowledge and questions that will enrich the Irish Studies community at Notre Dame.

Program requirements

The Graduate Minor in Irish Studies is a six-course program that provides Notre Dame students with recognition on their diploma for work with the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies. The Minor consists of two Irish language classes and two Irish Studies classes. The Institute also hosts an Irish Studies ProSeminar, a one-credit-hour class based on our semester-long Irish Studies Seminar events ( which students completing the graduate minor are required to take twice. The other courses will be drawn from current class offerings in Irish Studies across various disciplines.

The Graduate Minor in Irish Studies has one track.

Doctoral Student Track:

  • 12 credit hours of Irish Studies graduate courses – six in the Irish Language and six credit hours in courses approved by the elected faculty Irish Studies Steering Committee.
  • 2 semesters of participation in the 1-credit Irish Studies ProSem,
  • Evidence of substantial research in Irish Studies area (such as a published article, a conference paper, or a dissertation chapter).

Students can have their language course requirements waived with a letter indicating their competence in the Irish language from a faculty fellow and member of the Irish Language and Literature Department. In this case, the student is required to take two additional Irish studies classes instead of the language courses. There are no examinations or teaching responsibilities for candidates the Graduate Minor in Irish Studies. The Graduate Minor in Irish Studies has no impact on graduate students’ time to degree.


Any student applying for a position with an Irish/Irish studies component or interest will have the competitive leg up of an interdisciplinary minor from one of the best Irish Studies programs in the world.

For more information please contact:

Beth Bland at


Meet Irish Studies Minor and Recent Graduate Nathaniel Myers