Irish Studies at Regis

Regis University and the National University of Ireland, Galway have partnered to offer an undergraduate Irish Studies program rich in Irish history, culture and language, delivered entirely online.
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Irish Studies

Degree Overview

The online undergraduate Irish Studies program gives students the opportunity to explore the history, culture, literature and politics of the Irish people through courses that focus on significant historical events and religion, notable art and architecture, traditional music and dance and the literary works of some of Ireland's most prominent masters. The courses are taught by the staff and adjunct faculty of the Centre for Irish Studies at Galway, ensuring our students access to some of the leading experts in Irish culture and history.

There are two ways you can earn a diploma in Irish Studies from the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI):

  • Successfully complete five undergraduate courses (15 credit hours) from the Irish Studies program
  • Successfully complete any three of the online courses (listed below) and complete two courses at NUI, Galway's Irish Studies Summer School in Ireland

You can also earn an undergraduate Certificate of Completion in Irish Studies by successfully completing four courses (12 credit hours).

Irish Studies Course Options

  • IRSH410E: Early Christian Ireland
    Introduction to early Irish culture and society from the introduction of Christianity in the 5th century through the 8th century Viking invasion until the beginning of the Anglo-Norman conquest of the 12th century, while studying a variety of perspectives including history, archeology, and literature. Examines the impact of Christianity on early Irish society and culture with particular emphasis on the literature created out of the rapprochement between the older pagan tradition and the new religion.
  • IRSH410F: Medieval Ireland, Literature & Society 1169-1998
    Focuses on the upheaval in Irish society caused by the Anglo-Norman invasion on the 12th century and its consequences for Irish social, political and cultural life. Provides a brief historical survey of Gaelic and Gaelicised Ireland in the early Middle Ages, an insight into the archaeology of the medieval Irish Church, and a brief introduction to the world of the Irish bardic poet and his work. Students acquire an interdisciplinary perspective on the pattern of medieval Irish society by integrating the perspectives gained through the study of Irish literature, archaeology and history during this period.
  • IRSH410G: Early Modern Ireland, 1603-1845
    Investigates the destruction of the Gaelic heroic world following the defeat of the Irish forces at the Battle of Kinsale and the subsequent dispersal of the native Irish and Old English aristocracy. Introduction of new political, social and economic structures during this period as well as the gradual destruction of Gaelic Irish cultural values and literary tradition from the Elizabethan period through to the famines of the 1840s will be studied from historical and archaeological perspectives.
  • IRSH410H: Modern Ireland: Culture & Society, 1845-1998
    Provides an interdisciplinary introduction to the patterns of modern and contemporary Irish life and culture from a historical, literary, and sociological perspective. Focuses on the impact of the famine on all aspects if Irish society, the Gaelic Revival, Anglo-Irish Literary Revival from the 1880s until the establishment of the Irish Free State in 1922, and the impact of cultural nationalism on Irish literature, language, culture and politics.
  • IRSH410I: Social and Political Change in Contemporary Ireland
    Examines social changes resulting from economic growth initiated in the 1950's; formulates responses to the question 'How was Irish society changed by the economic transformation initiated in the 1950's?'
  • IRSH410J: From Ceilis to Riverdance (traditional Irish music and dance)
    Introduces the practice of traditional Irish music and dance from 1893-2000. Moments of cultural, political and social change will demonstrate the role of these practices to the development of Irish identity. 

Immerse Yourself in 1500 Years of Irish History, Culture, and Language:

  • Study the relationship between Ireland's religious history and architecture by learning about Royal Sites, High Crosses, Castles, Monasteries of Ireland, Celtic Civilization, St. Patrick and Irish Christianity
  • Delve into the cultural, historical and political tensions in Ireland since the Norman Invasion, such as The Great Famine, 1916 Revolt, The Free State, Ireland and the European Union, Northern Ireland and 'The Troubles'
  • Read literary works including the Táin Bó Cuailgne and Irish Bardic poetry, explore the writings of notable Irish authors such as W.B. Yeats, Seamus Heaney, J.M. Synge, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, James Joyce, Aodhagán Ó Rathaille, Samuel Beckett, Flann O'Brien and Máritín Ó Cadhain and analyze the authors' influence within literature, as well as their reflection of cultural heritage and important political movements
  • Explore through listening, watching and reading, Ireland's long tradition of music and dance, discovering its history, forms and role in Irish society, past and present

Total Degree Requirements:

  • Certificate of Completion in Irish Studies: 12 credit hours
  • Undergraduate diploma in Irish Studies from NUI, Galway: 15 credit hours

How to Apply

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Students with prior college credit, military credit, professional licenses or certificates or several years of work experience may be able to translate this experience directly into college credit.

Your admissions counselor will help evaluate your prior learning credit, provide information regarding financial aid and tuition assistance, recommend courses and help you get started with the application process.

Applicants seeking a bachelor's degree from the College for Professional Studies must possess:

  • A high school diploma or equivalent (from a regionally accredited high school) AND
  • Transferable credit from a regionally accredited college or university AND
  • Evidence of work experience

Applicants who do not meet each of these requirements may submit a letter of exception to the Assistant Dean of the school in which the applicant seeks to enroll. The letter should describe the applicant's goals and substantiate his/her ability to be successful at Regis University. Download guidelines for work experience admission appeal.

Application Process:

  1. Complete the undergraduate application form online
  2. Pay the $50.00 application fee. The fee is waived if you have applied to Regis previously or if you are a Regis graduate.
  3. Complete the personal statement essay. A short personal statement is required to be considered for admission. Download a copy of the personal statement guidelines.
  4. Request official transcripts from accredited institutions that you have previously attended. Download the transcript request form.
    • Official transcripts are those that come directly from one college or university to another college or university.
    • Official transcripts must be received no later than 30 days after the date of application. If not received, course registrations will be suspended.
  5. Additional admission requirements apply to international students who are non-U.S. citizens.

Please remember: Applications that are incomplete and/or missing information will NOT be processed.
Apply a minimum of 14 days before the start of classes to ensure optimal course selection.

Non Degree-Seeking Applicants Submit the Following:

  • Online application form
  • Pay the $50.00 application fee
  • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Possess transferable college credit from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Provide evidence of work experience
  • No official transcripts are necessary. The writing skills placement essay is not required.

*Because some text books used in the Irish Studies Program come from Ireland and the U.K., please allow ample time for delivery. For more information, please contact the Regis University Bookstore.

Class Starts

Term Class Start Date
Spring 5W2 - 2014 February 10, 2014
Spring 8W2 - 2014 March 3, 2014
Spring 5W3 - 2014 March 17, 2014
Summer 8W1 - 2014 May 5, 2014
Summer 5W1 - 2014 May 5, 2014
Summer 5W2 - 2014 June 9, 2014
Summer 8W2 - 2014 June 30, 2014
Summer 5W3 - 2014 July 14, 2014