The top Irish studies programs in North America

New York University (NYU) - Glucksman Ireland House


The Center for Canadian Irish Studies was created in 2000 through the joint financial support of Concordia University and the Canadian Irish Studies Foundation. Its mandate is to promote a fuller understanding of Ireland and the Irish experience in Canada. The Center coordinates a Minor and a Certificate in Canadian Irish Studies, an annual public lecture series by scholars and distinguished figures in Irish cultural life, scholarships in Canadian Irish Studies and special outreach projects of interest both to academics and the Irish community in Canada.

Michael Kenneally, Director
(514) 848-8711

QUEENS COLLEGE - Irish Studies

Location: Flushing, NY

Program: Undergraduate Minor, Possible Interdisciplinary Major


The Undergraduate Irish Studies minor at Queens College is intended for all students interested in the study of the rich and varied cultures of Ireland. For students majoring in English, Comparative Literature, History or Political Science, the Minor in Irish Studies provides a way for students to do intensive study in Irish culture- including the Irish language, Anglo-Irish literature, archaeology, film studies, and history. Students interested in an interdisciplinary major in Irish Studies (through Interdisciplinary and Special Studies) can consult with the Director of Irish Studies.

Clare Carroll, Director


Location: Purchase, N.Y.

Program: Undergraduate Minor


The Irish Studies Undergraduate Program offers an interdisciplinary minor in the history and culture of Ireland and the Irish Diaspora, from the early Christian period to the present. Contemporary trends underscore the extraordinarily diverse character that Irish Studies has assumed in the last two decades. The aim of the program is to provide the student with a comprehensive appreciation of the Irish experience through a range of courses drawn from different disciplines and reflecting the richness and complexity of this field of study.

Irene Whelan, Director


Location: Madison, Wisconsin

Program: Undergraduate Certificate


The Celtic Studies Program is a regular unit of the College of Letters and Science at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Celtic Studies is a multidisciplinary field encompassing the history and culture of those peoples who presently inhabit the northwestern perimeter of Europe, including Ireland (both north and south), Scotland, Wales, Brittany and the Isle of Man. The Program's mission is to facilitate the integrated examination of these various fields and topics. The Program offers an undergraduate Certificate in Celtic Studies.Undergraduates can also major in Celtic Studies under the provisions of the individual major program.

Mary Bowles, Director


Location: Villanova, Pennsylvania

Program: Undergraduate Concentration


The Undergraduate Concentration in Irish Studies is available to students in all degree programs. Villanova Irish Studies explores the history and culture of the Irish people from different perspectives — literature, history, art, politics and folklore. Interested students may also study in Ireland either in a Semester Abroad program or with the Villanova in Ireland Summer program at NUI Galway.

James Murphy, Program Advisor

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