The Irish Studies Graduate Minor

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The Graduate Minor in Irish Studies is a six-course program that provides Notre Dame doctoral students with recognition on their diploma of a credential in Irish Studies.

Requirements of the minor

  • Two graduate-level Irish Studies courses in any discipline;
  • Two Irish language courses*/
  • Attending the Irish Studies Pro-Seminar, a one-credit-hour class interwoven with the Institute’s Speakers and Public Talks Series, for at least two semesters.
  • Evidence of substantial research in an Irish Studies area—for example, a published article, a conference paper, or a dissertation chapter.

There are no examinations or additional teaching responsibilities for candidates for the Graduate Minor in Irish Studies. The minor is an added graduate credential and should not impact graduate students’ time to degree. (Notre Dame also offers graduate minors, for example, in film studies and gender studies.)


Graduate minors have access to generous funding for travel, research, and conference attendance—including attendance at the annual IRISH Seminar.


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

For more information please contact:
Beth Bland at

* The Institute will waive the language-course requirements for students who present a letter indicating their competence in the Irish language from a faculty fellow and member of Notre Dame's Irish Language and Literature Department. In this case, the student is required to take two additional Irish studies classes instead of the language courses.