Irish Studies

An opportunity to learn about the intriguing history, politics, literature, and art of Ireland is available to you through a minor in Irish studies at Fairfield. You can focus on the:

  • Troubled history of the nation and its colonial and postcolonial significance
  • Difficult politics of Northern Ireland
  • Inspired art and literature that emerged from its turbulent past

‌The Irish Studies Program explores various aspects of a culture which has produced the oldest vernacular literature in Europe, a rich tradition of Celtic art, and a devotion to scholarship which perhaps was crucial in saving Western civilization. As a nation, Ireland has had a long, turbulent and fascinating history. In the last century, Ireland has changed from a conservative, agricultural country to a modern, technologically aware one, from a colony of Great Britain to a free, democratic republic, and from one of the poorest nations in the world to a vital economy in the European Union.

Enthusiasm for this area of study has surged in the last three decades as the Irish people have sought to resolve long-standing political issues and taken an interesting role in the new global economy. Fairfield, with a significant Irish-American representation among its students and alumni, provides a welcoming environment for Irish studies. The University hosts a number of lectures, concerts, plays, and readings that complement the academic program and has established a study abroad affiliation with the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Irish Studies at Fairfield affords you the opportunity to investigate the contributions of Ireland to the world in terms of its literature, history, politics, film, and art. Affiliated with the National University of Ireland, Galway, the Irish Studies program, through study abroad, also allows you to take Irish-focused courses in archeology, economics, sociology, linguistics, and the Irish language, as well as focused internships.