The Irish Studies program offers 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 disciplines.
The Irish Studies program offers comprehensive lecture, film and music series every year. Sullivan Family Artist-In-Residence Séamus Connolly has earned an international reputation as a performer, teacher and director of an innovative school of music. Irish Studies collaborates with the University's McMullen Museum of Art to offer a number of exhibitions focusing on the visual arts and Ireland, including Éire/Land, which 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 individual faculty members spans a wide range of Irish subjects, such as 18th, 19th, and 20th century Irish history and literature, Irish music and dance, and the American Irish. Faculty members are intimately involved in other interdisciplinary fields of inquiry, such as women's studies, American studies, ethnic studies, and area studies.