Fall 2014 Courses

This program consists of a combination of special courses taught for the group and regular university courses. All students will take two required courses:

Contemporary Irish Culture and Society (1 credit)
Professor Louis De Paor is Director of The Centre for Irish Studies at NUIG and serves as our on-site Academic Coordinator. He and several faculty colleagues from NUIG will collaborate to offer this survey of Irish culture and society.

Fall 2014 Director's Seminar - The Irish in Sports: From Donegal and Dublin to Baltimore and Boston (1 credit)
One of the many cultural similarities that Ireland and the US share is a rich history of sports and games - remnants of ancient pastimes both for the Irish and the diverse settlers in colonial America. In both countries sports were used at the end of the 19th century to help establish and define national identity - as well as personal identity for men, but eventually for women as well. The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) was founded in 1884 to promote traditional Irish games, like Hurling and Gaelic Football, to help stimulate Irish national pride, and to challenge growing British influence among the nation's youth. In the US around the same time, a combination of factors, including: recognition of post-Civil War divisions; industrialization, urbanization, and global economic expansion; and the end of the frontier, provoked a perceived need for a new understanding of American national identity. The values associated with that identity (i.e., rugged individualism, free enterprise, open society) were found in and taught to American youth in sports, especially baseball and collegiate football. In addition, the Irish diaspora in the United States, who represented a significant percentage of professional baseball players in the late 19th century, were instrumental in securing baseball's place as America's game while also securing their own status as Americans. In this course we will explore the role of sport in Irish culture and society, drawing parallels with the American experience. In addition, the considerable impact of Irish immigrants in the development of American sports will be examined.

Elective Courses (2 courses/2 credits)
In addition, students will select two electives from the regular NUIG catalogue. Following are examples of courses taken by students on previous programs. Consult the NUIG website for further details on course offerings: NUIG website. You should only look at courses that are offered in Semester 1 (the Fall Semester).

Introduction to Northern Irish Politics Feminist Thought Shakespearean Comedies
Short Plays of Samuel Beckett Women in Irish Society Climatology
Drama and Theatre Studies Gaelic Language Scottish Short Stories
Church and State in Ireland Contemp. Irish Poetry The English Language in Ireland
Anatomy and Physiology Cell Biology Irish Famine in a European Perspective
Medieval Ireland 5th-9th Centuries Irish Art



  • This program is offered every semester.
  • Applications are available at the Center for Global Education.
  • Applications are due at the CGE office on a selected date in October (for fall programs) and March (for spring programs).
  • For specific date contact the CGE.

NOTE: The information above is subject to change. Please see the CGE for more information.