Ireland is a small island to the northwest of the European mainland. Yet it has a compelling history and has made a major impact on the world. Irish Americans, for example, have played a significant role in the development of the United States.
The history of Ireland is an extraordinary tale of conflict and accommodation. Ireland’s complex interaction with its neighboring island Britain has meant that the study of its history raises all kinds of important questions concerning the formation of national identities; the relationship between culture and language and politics; the interaction between religion and community experience; and the struggle of the state to gain legitimacy.
Irish literature is in the front rank of world literatures. Jonathan Swift, James Joyce, W.B. Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, Samuel Beckett and Seamus Heaney have excelled in fiction, poetry and drama. Irish artists and entertainers from U2’s Bono to Liam Neeson and Colin Farrell are prominent on today’s international scene.
Initiated in the autumn of 2005, the minor in Irish studies at DePaul is an interdisciplinary program within the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. It takes six courses to meet the requirements for the minor. Students take courses relevant to Ireland in history and English literature and from subjects such as geography, women’s studies, environmental science, religious studies and political science.