Ireland in History and Memory

Fall 2019
Winter 2020
Spring 2020
Junior - Senior
Class Size: 25
16 Credits per quarter
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The study abroad components of this program have been cancelled. Please see the Study Abroad webpage for more information. 

This is an upper division program in the humanities and performing arts, with a focus on Irish history, expressive traditions, Irish-Gaelic language, and culture. 

At the beginning of the program students receive a basic introduction to Ireland and to issues of liminality, historiography, and distinctions between linear and cyclic thought. Students then spend several weeks on the culture of ancient Ireland, focusing on indigenous local culture, bardic traditions, and gender issues. The second major segment deals with the development of Christianity and the English conquest of traditional Ireland, including a week on the Famine and subsequent evictions and political unrest. The final three weeks of fall quarter are about the National Irish Literary Revival and the urbanized political chaos of turn-of-the-century Dublin. Winter quarter begins with post-colonial Ireland and continues with a month of studies on Irish America. An exploration of the Troubles in Northern Ireland follows, and the quarter concludes with the contemporary cultural explosion from the final decades of the 20th century into the present.

Program activities will include lectures, seminars, films, readers’ theatre, Gaelic language lessons, poetry, music, reading texts, and group discussions. Two integrative papers about ancient Ireland are required in fall quarter. In winter quarter, students will write a longer integrative essay focused on the Irish in America. At the end of spring, each student will develop a significant integrative essay (20-30 pages) detailing the links between the theory of Ireland – on the page and stage – and the practice of Ireland in real life. Lastly, the students will divide into small groups to create collaborative performances for the final week of each quarter; they are the main expressive assignment beyond singing, playing musical instruments, and performing in readers’ theatre events.


Fall 2019 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

Jr - Sr (16): 10106
Jr - Sr (1 - 16): 10466
Winter 2020 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

Jr - Sr (16): 20041
Spring 2020 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

Jr - Sr (16): 30009

Academic details

Preparatory for studies and careers in

writing, academia, anthropology, Irish studies, and ethnomusicology.

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First Meeting

Com 408 - Design Lab
Study Abroad

1.              Special Expenses: $2,300  (Estimated expenses students will cover themselves for airfare, food, lodging, and local transportation when students are on their own)

2.              Required Student Fee: $1700  (Fee covers group expenses for services organized by college)

3.              Administrative Fee:$400  (Nonrefundable deposit to cover administrative costs of running study abroad)


May be offered again in


Date Revision
2019-09-23 removed signature requirement
2018-11-09 Study Abroad information updated