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Freshman Irish Studies Program Courses

Foundations of the Christian Liberal Arts, History of Ireland, Contemporary Ireland, and Biblical Literature I comprise the core of the Freshman Irish Studies Program course of study. The student is enriched by exposure to Ireland’s culture, exploring the land, and experiencing the people of Ireland. 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 the Christian Liberal Arts  (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 led by faculty, staff, and graduate students. The discussion sessions further develop the themes for the course. The primary thrust is to use the central concept of human flourishing to begin thinking about a life worth living and the role of the liberal arts in connecting our faith to everything we think and do.

 ISP 225 History of Ireland  (3 credit hours)

(meets history requirement for general education)

This course will deal with the different people groups that became permanent settlers in Ireland over the centuries, and the contribution each made to the development of Irish society and economy and to the 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 descendants with the Catholic population.

Special attention will be given to the major conflicts that occurred, especially those of 1642-1652, the 1790s, 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, and personal journaling.

 BIB 110 Biblical Literature I  (3 credit hours)

(meets general education requirement)

A course that has the Old Testament as its primary content, with special attention given to the law, the prophets and the history of Israel. 

 ISP 250 Irish Dancing & Drum  (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 the country of Ireland. The Irish Studies Program takes advantage of a marvelous country and its rich heritage. The program offers opportunities to experience the history and culture firsthand. Museums, theaters, concert halls, castles, monasteries, abbeys, national parks, ancient burial grounds, geographic landmarks, significant jails, and universities lend themselves as classrooms for a truly integrated program.


The textbooks for each course are stored in the library workroom in Greystones. Book rental is figured into expenses. No other books need to be purchased.