Undergraduate Program Minor in Irish Studies

Ireland has long been a laboratory for such global themes as empire and colonialism, revolution and rebellion, migration of people, hunger, human rights, conflict resolution, and peacekeeping. Through an Irish Studies minor, explore Ireland’s extraordinary culture, history,  literature, language, and influence around the world.

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Students in any major—and in any of Notre Dame's undergraduate colleges—can develop their understanding of Ireland past and present through coursework and first-hand experience of Ireland.  Innovative courses are offered on the Notre Dame campus and at the University's Global Gateway in Dublin, O’Connell House, in such fields as Anthropology; English; Film, Television, and Theatre; History; Irish Language and Literature; and Political Science—and then cross-listed with Irish Studies (the Keough-Naughton Institute).

Current and recent courses include: 

Irish Language courses, beginning through intermediate

Introduction to Irish Writers

Ireland on Screen

The Making of Irish America

Folklore, Literature, and Irish National Culture


Irish Studies courses are open to all undergraduates but a certain number of spaces in each course are reserved for our minors.

 Irish Studies Minor requirements are: 

  • three semesters of Irish Language
  • four classes cross-listed with Irish Studies in such departments as Anthropology; English; Film, Television, and Theatre; History; Irish Language and Literature, or Political Science.  Courses may be taken on Notre Dame’s campus and at Dublin’s O’Connell House
  • in lieu of one of the four courses, students can do an independent study with a faculty fellow.  The topic must be agreed upon before the independent study begins.


Declaring the Minor: Students are advised to meet with their departmental advisor for their major, then fill out the necessary paperwork in the Keough-Naughton Institute.



Minor requirements

Courses and Curriculum

Interested in learning more about the Irish Studies Minor?

► Contact Professor Mary O'Callaghan, Director of Undergraduate Studies,

Ready to declare the Irish Studies Minor?

► Contact Beth Bland