Irish and Irish American Studies Minor

Learn the culture, history and context of the Irish in Ireland and in the United States.

Our minor is broad-reaching. The program combines cultural, historical and social aspects of the Irish in Ireland and in the U.S. Even if you're not a fan of Bono, you should take a closer look at Irish and Irish-American studies at the College. It just might help you connect in ways you've never considered. Éirinn go Brách!

What will I learn?

Most of our classes are humanities electives. You will learn how to analyze and interpret culture. You'll develop critical thinking and communication skills. For some students, the Irish and Irish American Studies Program is a chance to learn about their own heritage and ethnicity. But whether or not you have Irish ancestors, you’ll study important topics. You'll examine immigration, race and racism and the (sometimes) bloody crossroads where history, anthropology, music, literature and politics meet.

View Curriculum: Irish and Irish American Studies Minor


Program Highlights

The minor will provide you with strong foundations in the Irish experience, both in Ireland and here in the United States. You will become fluent, so to speak, in Irish culture.
  • Hands-On Learning

    You will develop develop ties with Charleston’s vibrant Irish and Irish American community. Take part in hands-on activities like:
    • session music in local pubs.
    • Irish sports clubs events.
    • dialogues with visiting Irish writers.
    • St. Patrick’s Day Parade activities.
    • The Irish Oral History Project.

  • Study Abroad

    You may take part in our study abroad programs. We co-sponsor summer trips led by College of Charleston faculty. You may also spend a semester in Ireland with one of our affiliate programs. Our exchange program with the Queens University Belfast makes it possible to study in Ireland for certain majors.

  • Careers & Outcomes

    A minor in Irish and Irish American Studies is the perfect complement for almost any major, including International Business and International Studies. You will improve your critical thinking and writing skills. You will develop a deep familiarity with one of the largest ethnic populations in the United States.