Irish Studies Minor

Director: Joseph Lennon, Ph.D.
Associate Director: Jennifer Joyce, Ph.D.
Office Location: Saint Augustine Center, 105E
Telephone: (610) 519-4647


Irish Studies explores the history and culture of the Irish people in Ireland and the Irish diaspora from a variety of disciplines—art, economics, folklore, history, language, literature, music, philosophy political science, and theater. Students can major in Irish Studies through the department of Global Interdisciplinary Studies, culminating in a rigorous multidisciplinary thesis. The minor is open to students from all colleges and can be completed by taking five courses, two required and three electives, either on campus and abroad. For students in the College of Arts and Science, two four-credit courses in the Irish language may be taken to complete the College language requirement.

The Center works with local organizations and hosts a lively series of readings, academic lectures, performances, and receptions, also welcoming cultural, political, and business leaders to campus for networking. Interested students may also study in Ireland in a Semester Abroad program or through the Villanova Summer in Ireland Program or apply for one of several professional internships abroad or in Philadelphia. Details are available through the Center for Irish Studies.

MINOR: Irish Studies (15 credits)

A minor is open to all students. Completion of any two Irish Studies courses may allow students to begin the minor.

Program Notes:

  • Courses that fulfill minor requirements may be used to fulfill other requirements (i.e., primary major, core curriculum, minors, concentrations, or free electives).
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Sub-Total Credits

Major (31 credits)

The Department of Global Interdisciplinary Studies (GIS) offers a major with a specialization in Irish Studies, please see that page for detailed requirements of the major.

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The above program requirements are applicable to students entering Fall 2023 and beyond. Please consult the appropriate archived handbook available on the homepage for years prior to these requirements. In order that programs offered by Villanova University reflect current advances and additions to knowledge and upgraded professional requirements, Villanova University reserves the right to change programs and requirements without prior notice. Students generally are bound to the requirements in effect and published online for the year in which their class begins its first year of study. Special requirements may be in effect for students who have left the University and are being readmitted. Students are advised to check with the web catalog or with their college offices regarding changes that may affect them. Additional academic information may be obtained from the various college offices and the web sites listed for the particular policies, programs and services found in this catalog. 





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