Immaculata University Announces An Irish Studies Minor

The Irish Studies Program at Immaculata announces a recently developed minor in Irish Studies. This interdisciplinary arrangement of courses gives enhanced academic credibility to the current offerings. The eighteen-credit program offers opportunities for students in all major fields to move beyond clichés, to learn about Irish culture and history and to examine current issues relating to the Irish and Irish-American experience.
This concentration helps students to recognize that awareness of the historic and mythic past led to the Irish Literary Revival at the dawn of the twentieth century and contributed to the political upheavals that continue today. Students benefit from discovering the evolution of modern Ireland from its past. Thus, the minor requires a core of three courses: Elementary Irish Language I, Irish Literature (a survey course), and History of Ireland 1603 to the Present. The remaining three courses may be taken from an array of three-credit courses in language, literature, history, politics, economics and dance or from one-credit special topics in these disciplines. The expertise of faculty and guest lecturers spans a range of Irish and Irish-American subjects in literature, history and politics; therefore, these elective courses vary each semester.
An additional three credits of the Irish Language also fulfills the foreign language requirement in the liberal arts core; therefore, this is a recommended elective. In addition, Independent Study in an area of Irish interest, as well as Study Abroad in Ireland, may be counted toward the minor with the approval of the coordinator of the Program.
The existing Certificate in Irish Studies, which may be earned through credit or non-credit participation in language, literature and history, is still an option and often draws individuals interested in Irish culture for personal enrichment. Both programs benefit from the same array of courses, and electing the minor or certificate program is not essential for registration. All undergraduate students and friends from the local community are welcome to enroll in Irish Studies courses.
Further information about the minor or the certificate program may be obtained from Dr. Eugene Halus (History/Politics) or Sister Marie Hubert Kealy (English). To register for the Fall 2008 offerings, contact the College of LifeLong Learning at 610-647-4400 ext. 3238 or email
Immaculata University, a Catholic, coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.

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