Irish Studies Undergraduate Degree Programs

Undergraduate degree programs in Irish studies are very rare. However, a minor in Irish studies or a certificate program in the subject could be for you if you're fascinated by Irish people, history and culture. Here you can find information on the different programs and certificates offered, as well as some potential career options. Schools offering European History degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Topics Are Covered in an Irish Studies Minor Program?

A minor in Irish studies is the most common undergraduate degree option. An Irish studies minor can be applied to many majors, including the arts, business, social science and law. Through an Irish studies program, you could study the history of Ireland, including the country's revival, Celtic mythology, political perspectives, the civil war and other events since the 1600s. Other topics of study include Irish literature through 1880, modern literature, poetry, drama, famous Irish writers and film studies. In your Irish language and culture classes, you may study colloquialisms, vocabulary and practical cultural applications.

Irish Studies Minor Can be applied to many majors; topics may include Irish history, Celtic mythology, Irish literature and film, Irish language and cultural practices
Irish Studies Certificate Stand-alone program, occasionally combining British and Irish studies, often focusing on literature, language and culture
Additional Information Occasional study abroad options
Potential Careers Travel, Irish literature, journalism, public relations, business
Job Outlook (2016-2026)9% growth (for public relations specialists)*
Median Salary (2018)$60,000 (for public relations specialists)*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Will I Learn In an Irish Studies Certificate?

Irish studies certificate programs are stand-alone programs that offer many of the same course study areas as undergraduate minors in the field. Some schools offer programs that combine Irish and British studies. Often, these programs focus on literature, language and cultural applications. For instance, you could learn the steps of the Irish dance, study famous Irish female writers and learn about Irish history and its effects on the people today.

What Else Do I Need to Know?

Irish studies programs are usually only available on-campus. You may be able to participate in workshops and seminars in addition to your regular classes. Study abroad opportunities are available, but in most cases they're not required, particularly for the certificate programs. Nevertheless, studying abroad for a few weeks to a few months can provide greater understanding of the Irish people and customs. Admissions requirements for a minor, certificate or concentration in Irish studies generally consists of only a high school diploma.

How Can I Use This Degree?

A minor or an undergraduate certificate in Irish studies could be a springboard for studying other cultures and customs. If you enjoy travel, you could work as a travel agent. Depending on your bachelor's degree, you could also go into journalism, public relations or business administration. You could also research Irish history and literature.

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