Undergraduate Studies

The Irish Studies Program at Boston College offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Irish culture and society with courses in history, literature, Irish language, political science, art history, music, and dance.

Undergraduates may minor in Irish Studies or design their own interdisciplinary major in Irish Studies. Many Boston College students study abroad in Ireland for either a semester or full academic year. 

If you are a prospective Boston College student, please contact us at irish@bc.edu for an appointment to visit Connolly House and meet our faculty.

The Irish Music Program at Boston College presents performances, concerts, and ceilis each semester which are free and open to the public.

The minor in Irish Studies requires students to complete courses drawn from more than one discipline and designated as appropriate by the Irish Studies program advisor. Students must complete (18) credits in approved Irish Studies courses.

One course may be “double counted” toward both a major and minor.  Thereafter however, students must earn (15) credits in stand-alone Irish minor courses. A list of Irish Studies courses, including: Joyce's Ulysses, Irish Revolutions 1580-1916, Film, Media, & Modern Ireland, and Modern Irish language (both introductory and continuing) is posted on our website at www.bc.edu/irish. Please contact our office at 617-552-6396 to arrange a meeting with a faculty advisor for curriculum planning assistance. Upon successful completion of the Irish Studies minor, students are eligible to submit an application to the Maeve O’Reilly Finley Fellowship for help towards graduate study in Ireland.

Study in Ireland

Students pursuing a minor in Irish Studies are encouraged to take advantage of partnerships that the Irish Studies program and the Center for International Programs have forged with the National University of Ireland Galway, Maynooth University, University College Cork, University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Ulster, and Queen’s University Belfast.

Internships  

The staff of the center’s Dublin office, located at 43 St. Stephen’s Green, works to place qualified BC students in Ireland-based internships in concert with the university’s Office of International Partnerships and Programs. Upon arrival at BCI, students receive an intensive orientation conducted by the Dublin staff, who continue to provide support throughout the students’ placements. Host organizations include the National Gallery of Ireland, the Office of Public Works, the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, the Department of Finance, and many more illustrious federal and local governmental departments and commercial and non-profit institutions.

 

 

 

Boston College's Office of International Programs works closely with Irish Studies to offer study abroad programs at Irish universities in Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Maynooth and Galway. Students interested in the BC Study Abroad programs should contact the Office of International Programs (617-552-3827 or email oip@bc.edu).

Students may study at NUI Galway either during the fall semester, or for a full academic year. All BC students who attend University College Cork (UCC) in the Fall semester are required to participate in the Early Start Program at UCC. During the spring semester students will take an Irish Studies course taught by the BC on-site coordinator in Ireland.

Those participating in Dublin-area programs (Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, and NUI Maynooth) will take an Irish Studies class taught by the BC on-site coordinator in both fall and spring semesters. It is strongly recommended that students accepted for study abroad in Ireland meet with BC Irish Studies faculty for advising and curriculum planning before registering for courses in Ireland.

 

 

Students applying to Boston College should begin by visiting the Office of Undergraduate Admission at /admission/undergrad.html

If you are planning a campus visit, email us to set up a time to come by visit Connolly House at irish@bc.edu

 

Irish Studies Classes Spring 2018

For further information on Irish Studies or on the Irish Studies minor contact Professor James H Murphy: james.h.murphy@bc.edu

ENGLISH DEPARTMENT UNDERGRADUATE COURSES
ENGL109401 An Introduction to Modern Irish II (Spring:3.0) Nugent

Prerequisites: SLAV1027/ENGL1093 
Tues-Thurs 12:00-1:15 p.m., McGuinn Room 526
Following on from ENGL1093, this course offers a continuing introduction to the Irish language for American students. We will continue along our examination of Irish culture and literature through the Irish language. You can look forward to reading contemporary texts, poetry, and drama, and to enlarging your understanding of the cultural heritage out of which the language emerged. Completion of this and Continuing Modern Irish I and II will fulfill the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences language proficiency requirement.

ENGL209801 Continuing Modern Irish II (Spring:3.0) Nugent 
Prerequisites: ENGL2097
Tues-Thurs 3:00-4:15 p.m., McGuinn Room 526
In this completion of the two-year cycle of Irish language learning, we will engage deeply with modern texts and work with Irish through other media—sound and film. You will become familiar with contemporary texts and engage in a sustained project of reading and translating one or more of the great works of literature written in Irish.

ENGL400401 Boom, Bust, Austerity (Spring:3.0) Smith. 
M-W-F 12:00-12:50 p.m., Campion 236
Ireland, in recent decades, has experienced the highs and lows of globalization and monetary crisis. The Celtic Tiger economy was the “fastest growing … in Europe” from 1995-2005. Three years later, the country entered recession, ultimately requiring an €85 billion “bailout” from the EU and IMF. Before long, international news outlets lauded Ireland as “the poster-child for implementing austerity programs.” Is this the typical trajectory for a postcolonial nation still carving out its economic position in the new Europe and beyond? This course focuses on recent Irish writers who engage these boom and bust years. It considers how literature represents a period of unprecedented economic, social and cultural transformation? It evaluates the creative and/or imaginative arts’ contribution to helping a society survive economic austerity? It examines representations of unemployment, emigration, bankruptcy, depression, as well as resiliency, entrepreneurial spirit, and community rebuilding.

ENGL500201 ATS: Podcasting Ulysses (Spring:3.0) Nugent
W 10-00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., O’Neill 246
One astonishing book, one unforgettable experience, one seminar a week. Intermittently baffling, always fascinating, frequently hilarious, Ulysses provides the ultimate in street cred to all aspiring literati. Even you. Our intimate journey through the greatest of novels will also explore the role of podcasts in the classroom. Indeed, we’ll make our own. Imagination, curiosity, and a sense of humor are the only prerequisites. The demand that I make of my reader, Joyce wrote, is that he should devote his whole life to reading my works. Don’t wait. Start now. Only for the brave.

ENGL440801 New Women in British and Irish Victorian Fiction (Spring:3.0) Murphy 
Tues-Thurs 9:00-10:15 a.m., Cushing 335
The late nineteenth century saw the flowering of the “New Woman” movement in fiction. It coincided to a degree with First-Wave feminism and the struggle for women’s suffrage. It had literary debts to contemporary writers such as the Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen but also to women writers over the previous century from Maria Edgeworth to George Eliot. This course explores those roots while also attending to the work of some of the seminal New-Woman novelists themselves who came from Irish as well as British backgrounds. They include Olive Schreiner, Sarah Grand, Iota, Mona Caird and George Egerton.

ENGLISH DEPARTMENT GRADUATE COURSES 
ENGL700701 The Abbey Theatre (Spring:3.0)
 O’ Leary
Tues 2:00-4:25 p.m., Stokes 131N
Dublin’s Abbey Theatre has, since the days of Yeats, been the premier showcase for new plays in Irish. Using a wide range of plays, this course will look at the history and development of the Abbey from its origins at the turn of the twentieth century to the present, with particular emphasis on the some of the controversies that have accompanied its productions, and on the theatre’s continuing relevance in the cultural life of Ireland.

ENGL880201 Joyce's Ulysses (Spring:3.0) Howes
Thurs 4:30-6:55 p.m., Stokes 361S
This course will be dedicated to an extended exploration of James Joyce's Ulysses, a novel that has often been called the most important literary work of the twentieth century. Most of our time will be devoted to an intensive reading of the novel itself, but we will also read selected critical and historical materials. No prior knowledge of Joyce's works is required, just a willingness to tackle the challenges offered by his most influential masterpiece.

HISTORY DEPARTMENT
HIST425401 CENTURY OF FAMINE: 19TH CENTURY SOCIAL CRISIS (Spring:3.0) O’Neill. 
Tues-Thurs 1:30-2:45 p.m., Stokes 215N
The nineteenth century is often conceptualized as a century of progress, both technological and social. The cost of that progress is less often explored. This course traces the relationship between the rapid economic development of an Industrial and Imperial Europe and the crisis of survival faced by many rural societies. Particular subjects of inquiry include the relationship between globalization and food security, trans-Atlantic ecological exchange, demographic and agricultural interactions, and the social and political consequences of famine. The first half will cover the Great Irish Famine of 1845-51; the second half will explore famine in China, India, and Brazil.

HIST 550701 Ireland 1918: A Window on the World (Spring: 3.0) Rafferty
W 3:00-5:25 p.m., Burns Library

Students will work together to produce an exhibition to relate the history of Ireland in the momentous year of 1918 to events in the wider world. Using textual, visual, and other resources in the Burns Library and elsewhere, the exhibition will examine such issues as the granting of women’s suffrage, the impact of President Wilson’s 14 Points, the conscription crisis, the ending of the Great War and Irish politics, and the flu pandemic. Students will select the items to be exhibited and prepare explanatory materials. The exhibition will be displayed in the public spaces of the History Department in Stokes Hall.

HIST 486501 Ireland and Empire (Spring: 3.0) Knirck
Tues 2:00-4:25 p.m., Burns Library
Study of the interactions between Ireland and various world empires. The major emphasis will be Irish interaction with the British Empire, but there will also be discussion of Ireland’s interaction with other global empires. Topics will include Ireland’s place in the early modern Atlantic World; the role of Irish missionaries, soldiers, and civil servants in the British Empire; Irish resistance to Empire; and Irish-Indian connections.
 

ART, ART HISTORY AND FILM
ARTH 442701 Early Medieval Art in Ireland and Britain (Spring: 3.0) Netzer
Mon 12:00-2:30 p.m., Museum Conference Room, Brighton campus
The course will examine the development of art in Ireland and Britain in the Early Medieval period and the production of Irish and English missionaries on the Continent.  Emphasis will be placed on manuscripts, sculpture, and metalwork of the sixth to ninth century; sources of the works in the Celtic, Germanic and Mediterranean worlds; circumstances under which artists and scribes worked; the complex problem of defining local styles; complexities of dating works of art; de-constructing the scholarship in the field over the last two centuries; finding a place for new archaeological finds in the art historical narrative; the role of Irish manuscripts and metalwork in “Celtic Revival” within the Irish Arts and Crafts Movement.


MUSIC PERFORMANCE ELECTIVES
MUSP 161501 Irish Fiddle; Experienced Beginner (Spring: 0) Falls Keohane
Thurs 6:30-7:15 p.m., Lyons 408
For students who have taken a full semester of Beginner Irish Fiddle (MUSP1600) or have at least one year's experience playing the violin. This class will help students continue in the development of violin technique. Students will learn more advanced Irish dance tunes with some beginning ornamentation (bowing and fingering). Students may take the experienced beginner class for more than one semester until they feel ready to move to the Intermediate level. Violin rentals are possible. A small portable recorder is required. Fall participants may continue in spring semester, but new students may not enroll in spring semester.

MUSP 162001 Traditional Irish Dance (Spring: 0) Jordan
W 3:30-5:00 p.m., Court One
This course will introduce students to the traditional dances of Ireland, including solo step dance footwork and group set and céilí dances. The class will include warm-ups, technique, and choreography, as well as occasional short readings, video viewings, and music listening exercises. Students will gain an understanding of Irish traditional musical rhythms, while physically embodying their intrinsic connection to the dance patterns. An uplifting and invigorating class. All levels welcome.

MUSP 260001 Irish Fiddle; Intermediate (Spring: 0) Falls Keohane
Thurs 7:15-8:00 p.m., Lyons 409
For students who have at least three years’ experience playing the violin (classical or traditional Irish) or who have taken the Experienced Beginner class (MUSP 1615) and who the instructor feels is ready for the intermediate level. Traditional music will be taught with a focus on ornamentation, bowing, and style. Airs and dance music of Ireland will be covered along with music of the ancient Bardic harpers and court musicians. Violin rentals are possible. A small portable recorder is required.


OFFERED SUMMER 2018
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