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Academic Programs

The Irish Studies program offers students an undergraduate minor in Irish Studies, an English Department MA in Irish Literature and Culture and an MA in History with a concentration in Irish History. The doctoral programs in English and History  attract, train, and successfully place outstanding PhD candidates who wish to integrate Irish Studies into their respective disciplines.

Each year, the program offers comprehensive series in  lecture, film and music. Sullivan Family Artist-In-Residence Séamus Connolly, who has earned an international reputation as a performer, teacher, and director of an innovative school of music, overseas the University's Gaelic Roots series of song, dance, and music instruction. In addition, Irish Studies frequently collaborates with the University's McMullen Museum of Art to offer exhibitions related to the visual arts and Ireland, including Éire/Land, an exhibition The New York Times described as reaching "far beyond traditional art history into sociology, political science and gender studies."

The Irish Studies faculty is a group of internationally recognized scholars whose influential publications and professional commitment have made them leaders in the field. The expertise of faculty members spans a wide range of subjects, such as 18th, 19th, and 20th century Irish history and literature, Irish music and dance, and the American Irish. Faculty members are also thoroughly involved in other interdisciplinary fields, such as women's studies, American studies, ethnic studies, and area studies.