Irish Studies

Why pursue Irish Studies?

Explore Irish history, language, traditions and culture. Expand your knowledge of Irish poetry and politics. Don’t just study conflict and its effects — take part in a volunteer conflict resolution project in Ireland. Saint Mary’s is the only university in Canada where you can get an undergraduate Irish Studies degree.


The Saint Mary’s approach

This unique, interdisciplinary program will equip you with valuable research, interpersonal and communication skills. Studying a new language and culture will also enhance cultural sensitivity. There are many opportunities to earn awards in this program, including the Allister and Josephine Cannon Scholarship and the Ireland Canada University Foundation (ICUF) Gaeltacht Scholarships.


Hands-on learning

There are many opportunities to apply your learning outside of the classroom. Each year, students in the Conflict Resolution Society travel to Northern Ireland to take part in a volunteer conflict resolution project. Students have also studied in Ireland for a summer on an Ireland Canada University Foundation Scholarship and hosted the D’Arcy McGee Lecture in Irish Studies.

Sample courses offered:

  • Intro to Modern Irish
  • Irish Musical Tradition
  • Irish Folklore
  • Ireland: An Introduction
  • Irish Drama in the 20th Century
  • Issues in Modern Irish History

Future career opportunities:

  • Historian
  • Language instructor
  • Writer
  • Genealogist
  • Journalist
  • Museum curator

What our students are saying

“Pádraig Ó Siadhail is a great prof and the reason I learned the language without much difficulty. I received the ICUF scholarship for 2009 and spent a month in An Cheathrú Rua, a small town in the Connamara Gaeltacht attending summer school for Irish language students.”

- Dusty Keleher, Irish Studies