​The Irish Studies minor is an interdisciplinary academic program focused on Ireland and its place in the world. The purpose of the minor is to give students access to another culture in order to enable them to better understand the role of culture in human society.

The study of Ireland is particularly apposite for a number of reasons:

  1. Ireland has a rich history, culture and literature that in itself is worthy of study. 
  2. The Irish experience epitomizes a variety of processes which are of relevance to an understanding of today’s world. Among them are:
    1. an experience of colonialism and development
    2. the phenomenon of emigration and diaspora
    3. a changing interaction with adjacent countries
    4. finding a place in Europe and a globalized world
    5. searching for cultural identity
    6. coping with intercommunal, political conflict and violence, and reconfiguring the role of women in society
  3. How Ireland has dealt with issues such as the environment and the configuration of gender roles can provide a point of comparison for and reflection on American experience.
  4. The study of Ireland provides insights on how American influence impinges on other cultures.
  5. Irish immigration into the United States has proved to be a formative influence on the development of American society. The study of Ireland can contribute to the shifting search for personal and social identity within America itself.

Course Requirements

  • One course from Section A History
  • One course from Section B Literature
  • One course from Section C Nature and Culture
  • Three courses, chosen from sections A through F, with no more than one course from Section F Ancillary Studies

Irish Studies Courses

A. History

B. Literature

C. Nature and Culture

D. Experiential Learning

E. Independent Study

  • IRE 379 INDEPENDENT STUDY (a course, approved by the director of the program, can be taken with a member of the Irish-Studies faculty).

F. Ancillary Studies

Courses marked *are topical courses which may sometimes be on an Irish topic and sometimes not. Only when an Irish topic is offered – as given in the examples in square brackets in the list of courses above – will it count for the Irish Studies minor. When you register for such a course it will not automatically show up on the list of Irish Studies courses you have taken. You will need to contact the Director of Irish Studies at the beginning of the quarter, providing your name, DePaul ID number and SSN, and ask that the course be credited towards your Irish Studies minor. In due course the course will be credited towards the minor. This only applies to courses marked *. The process should work automatically for other courses.

Study Abroad: Dublin

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers a study abroad program in Dublin, Ireland, twice each year. It provides an excellent opportunity for students to get to know Ireland at first hand. It is not a compulsory part of the minor in Irish Studies. However, students taking part in the Study Abroad Program in Dublin who wish to take the minor in Irish Studies may gain credit toward it for two of  the Courses they take in Dublin – “HST 398 STUDY TOUR Ireland in the 19th and 20th Centuries” and “HST 398 STUDY TOUR Irish Literary Tradition” – which are cross listed with HST 268 IRELAND, 1800-PRESENT and ENG 355 MODERN IRISH LITERATURE.

HST 266


This course offers a survey of Irish history from the end of the middle ages to the union of Ireland and Great Britain in 1800. It traces the ways in which Ireland was brought under great English (later British) control through processes of agreement, conquest and colonization; and the ways in which various groups within Ireland sought to resist such developments.

HST 268


Survey of Irish history from 1800 to 2000. Examines the course of Irish history from the Act of Union (creating the United Kingdom), through the struggles and reforms of the 19th century (Catholic Emancipation, the Famine and Irish diaspora, Fenianism, Land Reform and Home Rule), to the creation of the modern nation-state of the 20th century (the Easter Rising, partition and civil war, the role of Eamon deValera, the Republic, and the Troubles). Topics include the contributions of Irish culture and its influence in Europe and the world.

ENG 346


This course focuses on some of the important works of nineteenth-century Irish literature. It sees them as engaging with the often traumatic political and social changes of their time.

ENG 354


The course invites a study of the cultural ferment of the decades from the 1890's to the 1920's in Ireland. Particular attention will be given to an introduction to the work of canonical writers such as Yeats and Joyce who emerged from it.

ENG 355


This course provides an introduction to Irish literature, including some poems in the Irish language with English translations on facing pages, written from the Literary Revival to the late twentieth century. It emphasizes the transitions from a colonized to a postcolonial society and the slow validation of the voices of Irish women writers.

ENG 456


This course relates contemporary Irish literature to recent Irish history and to social and cultural change. It charts the ways in which patterns of individual, social and national identity have been challenged and renegotiated.

ENG 357


Selected authors, genres, and topics in Irish literature and culture.

ENG 339


Selected authors, genres and topics in English literature, 1660 - 1780.

ENG 382


Study of one or two major writers. May be repeated on different authors. See schedule for current offerings.

REL 260


An examination of the role of religions and religious movements in political conflicts. Particular sections will examine the relationship of religions to violence and peacemaking in different areas of the world.

GEO 370


This course will engage with contemporary scholarly research in Cultural Geography. Each class will be centered around a seminar discussion of required readings, selected from recent scholarship. The instructor of this class will focus on areas of her or his own expertise, including geographies of landscape, feminist geography, geographies of race and ethnicity, geographies of nationalism and post-colonialism.

WGS 249


This course explores the relationship between gender and politics in Ireland, focusing on the political history of gender relations in Ireland, women's political involvement throughout the enormous changes of the 20th Century, and contemporary legal and public policy issues related to sex/gender. The attitudes and behaviors of women as voters, activists, officeholders and peace activists will be examined, as will Ireland's place in global gender issues. We will pay particular attention to the changes that have taken place since Ireland's entry into the EU, the "Celtic Tiger" transformations of the Irish economy, and the impact of the recent worldwide economic recession on gender and politics in Ireland, along with the efforts of women, North and South, to further the process of peace in the North, which has been wracked by violence for several decades. Cross-listed with IRE 249.

IRE 379


Intensive study of a topic of special interest which is relevant to Irish Studies, normally in one of the curricular areas in which Irish Studies is taught in the minor, and usually with a faculty member who teaches in the Irish Studies program. An independent study typically involves private conferences with an instructor and supervised reading, research and writing. Written permission of the supervising faculty member and of the program director is necessary before registration

HST 323


Late antique and early medieval intellectual history in social context.
HST 199 or HST 299 is a prerequisite for this class.

CPL 319


Selected topics on any theme from comparative literature.

ENG 389


See schedule for current offerings.

GEO 201


A survey of theories of geopolitics and international relations, the course explores issues of international security and organization, regional integration, and nationalism, state formation and conflict. Historic geopolitical cases from Europe (Northern Ireland, EU, Balkans), the Middle East and North Africa, and the Russian realm, provide opportunities to assess theoretical approaches and profile the security and foreign policy concerns of the U.S.in the new millennium.

GEO 316


An integration of political geographic and international relations perspectives on European integration: Special emphases on political philosophies and theories of integration, the geopolitics of block formation and enlargement, institutional structure, the evolution of policies, and the future directions of the European Union. Cross-listed with PSC 340.

HST 398


An in-depth, on-site overview of the historical, political, social and economic reality of a foreign country. Credit variable.