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Freshman Irish Studies Program Courses

Foundations of Christian Thought, History of Ireland, Contemporary Ireland, and Art as Experience comprise the core of the Freshman Irish Studies Program course of study.  The study is enriched with exposure to Ireland’s culture, exploration of the land, and experience with her people.  Reflection for personal growth and a deeper understanding of another culture develops through residence life and a cross-cultural seminar.

Course Outlines

IAS 110 Foundations of Christian Thought  (3 credit hours)

(meets general education requirement)

An introduction to the liberal arts and the integration of faith and learning.  In addition to large group lectures, the course includes small group discussion sessions.  The discussion session further develop the themes for the course.  The primary thrust is to use the central theme of human nature to introduce the student to basic areas of understating that undergird the intellectual growth process at Taylor.

 ISP 225 History of Ireland  (3 credit hours)

(meets history requirement for general education)

This course will deal with the different people who became permanent settlers in Ireland over the centuries and the contribution that each has made to the development of an Irish society and economy, and to a distinctive Irish artistic and political life. 

The early lectures will consider the Celts, the Vikings, and the Anglo-Normans.  However, the principal focus will be on the modern centuries, with detailed treatment of English and Scottish Protestant settlements in Ireland and of the interaction of these settlers and their decedents with the Catholic population.

Special attention will be given to the major conflicts that occurred, especially those of 1642-1652, the 1790’s, and the current conflict in Northern Ireland.  Finally, consideration will be given to the Anglo-Irish War of Independence and the Irish Civil War.

 ISP 220 Contemporary Ireland  (3 credit hours)

(meets civic engagement requirement for general education)

This course entails an investigation into the theory and application of contemporary Irish society.  This includes a study of the geographic, social, cultural, political, artistic, and religious aspects of Ireland. Attention will also be paid to an understanding of historical conflict and reconciliation, especially as it is currently being played out in Northern Ireland and its effects on the people in the Republic.  Exploration of these topics occurs through involvement with Irish people, engagement in cultural activities, studying the history, culture, geography, and literature of Ireland, conversations with one another, as well as personal journaling.

 HUM 230 Art as Experience  (3 credit hours)

(meets participation in the arts requirement for general education)

Lecture sessions focus upon works from several art forms, with the goal of developing the student’s perceptual skills.  A major focus of this course is experiencing art.  Written critiques on selected events are part of the course curriculum.

 ISP 250 Participation in the Arts  (1 credit hour)

(meets participation in the arts requirement for general education)

This course introduces the student to part of the Irish cultural heritage through dance and music. Students will learn the basics of Irish dancing and playing the bodhran drum.

 ISP 320 Living Cross Culturally  (2 credit hours)

(meets cross cultural requirement for general education)

This course intends to help students reflect on their values, attitudes, and behaviors and those of their home culture in comparison to the Irish culture.  Students are encouraged to develop understanding of and adaptation to a different culture as well as empathize with persons from that culture.  Personal development through this process is emphasized.

Ireland: The Extended Classroom

The larger classroom is Ireland itself.  The Irish Studies Program takes advantage of a marvelous country that has a rich heritage.  The program offers students opportunities to experience the history and culture in first hand fashion.  Museums, theatres, concert halls, castles, monasteries, abbeys, national parks, ancient burial grounds, bogs, geographic landmarks, important jails, and universities lend themselves as classrooms for a truly integrated program.


The textbooks for each course are stored in the library workroom in the Greystones.  The book rental has already been figured into the expenses and no other books need to be purchased.