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Irish Studies (BA)

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Why choose Irish Studies?

Delving into the Irish experience will anchor and expand your understanding of the issues facing our planet today. The people of Ireland have a history that includes colonisation, famine, diaspora, civil war, partition, and the Troubles. Looking at what happened in Ireland can become the key to comprehending what’s at stake now as events like refugee crises, mass immigration and resettlement play out around the world.

Irish contributions to literature, music and dance have had a global reach, with an incredibly rich and unique history of their own.

Pursuing a degree in Irish Studies is the perfect way to weave your own tapestry of an educational experience, choosing from courses in political science, history, design, music, language, literature, theology, geography, and more.

Students who enroll in the programs of the School of Irish Studies benefit from small class sizes, the possibility of significant funding (Scholarships and Tuition Remission Awards, if you meet certain criteria), and the chance for funded travel to Ireland. The Irish Studies program is the only one of its kind in North America, allowing you to learn about Ireland and the experience of the Irish around the world.


Program Details

A Bachelor of Arts degree takes a minimum of three or four years (90 – 120 credits) of full-time study, depending on your academic background.


  • Certificate in Irish Studies (30 credits)
  • Major in Irish Studies (42 credits)
  • Minor in Irish Studies (24 credits)

See detailed requirements in the Undergraduate Calendar

Minimum cut-off averages and course requirements

You must meet Concordia’s minimum admission requirements.

Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.

We consider complete applications year round and we give priority to applicants who apply by official deadlines. Late applications will be considered if places are still available for the fall term only.

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We reserve the right to close admission to a program at any time after the official deadline without prior notice.

Sample classes

  • The Irish Famine
  • The Irish Literary Revival
  • James Joyce
  • Field Studies in Ireland
  • The Irish in Canada

Consult the undergraduate calendar for a complete list of current courses, or see what courses are currently on offer to students.  

Our program will open up career paths in the arts, law, education, politics, civil service, humanitarian work and business in areas including:

  • Communications
  • Cultural productions
  • Human resources
  • Public relations

Whether you want to do a major or a minor in Irish Studies, or combine it with one or two other fields of study, we offer many possible options to suit your interests and needs.

Irish Studies offers many forms of awards, scholarships, prizes and bursaries to its students. 

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