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Irish Studies Minor

Irish Studies minor

Irish Studies is one of four distinct components which, together, comprise the Center for Irish programs. Founded in 1978, the program provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Irish culture and society. Our faculty includes internationally recognized scholars whose influential publications and professional commitment distinguish them as leaders in the field of Irish Studies.

Undergraduate and graduate courses alike address social and economic history, literature, art, film, music, and the Irish language. Irish Studies also offers extensive public programs including a comprehensive lecture, symposia, and renowned music series developed by BC’s Sullivan Artist-in-Residence, Seamus Connolly. And faculty routinely collaborate with the McMullen Museum to present ground-breaking exhibits with public programming and seminars, on both the undergraduate and graduate level, to complement the exhibits.

The minor in Irish Studies requires students to complete courses drawn from more than one discipline and designated as appropriate by the Irish Studies program advisor. Students must complete (18) credits in approved Irish Studies courses and courses may not be “double counted” toward both a major and minor. Please contact our office at 617-552-6396 to arrange a meeting with a faculty advisor for curriculum planning assistance. Upon successful completion of the Irish Studies minor, students are eligible to submit an application to the Maeve O’Reilly Finley Fellowship for graduate study in Ireland.

Students pursuing the minor are encouraged to take advantage of partnerships that the Irish Studies program and the Center for International Programs have forged with the National Universities of Ireland at Galway and Maynooth, University College Cork, University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Ulster, and Queen’s University Belfast. Those wishing to study in Ireland must successfully complete an Irish Studies pre-requisite course at Boston College. It is important to note that only two courses taken abroad in any given semester may be applied to the Irish Studies minor.

The Boston College Summer School in Ireland is a three-week, three-credit course that may be counted toward the Irish Studies minor and is open to all BC students seeking to visit and learn about Ireland. Lectures are combined with site visits that expose students to traditional and contemporary Irish music, politics, literature, and film. The program also affords students the valuable opportunity to study the Irish language with native speakers.

The staff of the center’s Dublin office, located at 42 St. Stephen’s Green, works to place qualified BC students in Ireland-based internships in concert with the university’s Office of International Partnerships and Programs. Upon arrival at BCI, students receive an intensive orientation conducted by the Dublin staff, who continue to provide support throughout the students’ placements. Host organizations include the National Gallery of Ireland, the Office of Public Works, the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, the Department of Finance, and many more illustrious federal and local governmental departments and commercial and non-profit institutions.

Director of Irish Studies:  Oliver P. Rafferty, S. J.
                                          office tel: 617-552-4847