The School of Irish Studies, formerly the Centre for Canadian Irish Studies, was created with the joint financial support of Concordia University and the Canadian Irish Studies Foundation. The academic programs of the School focus on Ireland’s complex history and rich culture, as well as the contribution of Irish immigrants in all regions of Canada to the social, cultural, economic, religious, educational and political life of the country.
Usually, fifteen or more courses are offered annually in subjects such as History, Literature, Film, Music, Economics, Language, Theatre, Popular Culture, Theology, Irish Studies, Political Science and Geography. But this multidisciplinary area of study goes beyond its obvious concerns with Irish matters to explore wider academic issues related to cultural nationalism, linguistic preservation, rebellion and civil war, partition and political re-alignment, national affiliation and sectarian identities, changing gender roles, famine, emigration and immigrant integration and settlement. Irish Studies, therefore, offers case studies for a range of issues that are pertinent for students from a wide spectrum of academic disciplines.
- A Major (NEW), a Minor and a Certificate in Canadian Irish Studies, offered within the Faculty of Arts and Science;
- Graduate studies
- An annual public lecture series by scholars and distinguished figures in Irish cultural life;
- Scholarships for outstanding students in Irish Studies, including new entrants, returning undergraduates and graduate students;
- Special outreach projects of interest both to academics and the Irish community in Canada;
- Cooperation with other schools in Ireland, Canada, the United States and elsewhere in the international promotion of Irish Studies.