Undergradute Studies

Undergraduate courses offered by the Keough-Naughton Institute provide Notre Dame students with a unique opportunity to explore Ireland’s extraordinary tradition in literature (in both the English and Irish languages) and distinctive historical development, including its influence on the United States.

The core of the program is a minor in Irish Studies which helps students develop their understanding of Irish society, culture and politics through both course work and first hand experience of Ireland; the requirements for the minor are three semesters of Irish Language, four classes in other fields such as English, History or Anthropology and a capstone essay (completed in the senior year) linking the student’s major and minor fields.

Irish Studies courses are also open to all undergraduates but a certain number of spaces in each course are reserved for our minors.

The Keough-Naughton Institute has recently begun the first minor in Irish Language & Literature in North America through the Department of Irish Language & Literature.