Notre Dame Applicants

The IRISH Seminar is open to graduate students in Irish Studies, and cross-listed with the department of English. It will be listed under Summer 2021 (see course codes below). Students opting to take the IRISH Seminar for three credits will be assessed on the basis of participation.

For programme queries, pleas contact Dr. Catherine Wilsdon at

2021 IRISH Seminar Information


Online and main campus, South Bend, Indiana, USA.


Complete this Participant Application Form

Summer online course codes are ENGL94513 & IRST64099.

PLEASE NOTE: Student must obtain departmental approval before applying:

Irish Studies Requirements

Irish Studies applicants are required to notify Beth Bland of their interest by email ( 

In the letter of application: 

  • Students will need to indicate their specific interest of participation by showing previous work in Irish Studies courses during their time at Notre Dame.
  • Additionally, if a student is not already signed up, they will need to enroll in the Graduate Minor in Irish Studies. Information on that program, which involves coursework in the Irish language along with a one-credit ProSeminar, is below. Participation is limited to four summer seminars. To sign up for the minor see Beth Bland in 3130C Jenkins Nanovic Halls.

For questions, please contact Beth Bland or Professor Bríona Nic Dhiarmada, director of graduate studies.

Graduate Minor in Irish Studies

The Graduate Minor in Irish Studies is a six-course program that provides Notre Dame students with recognition on their degree for work with the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies. The minor consists of two Irish language classes and two Irish Studies classes. Students will also take two semesters of the Irish Studies ProSeminar (IRST 63000:01), a one-credit-hour class based on the semester-long Irish Studies Seminar events. The other courses will be drawn from current graduate class offerings in Irish subjects across various disciplines.

The Graduate Minor in Irish Studies has one track, the Doctoral Student Track:

  • 12 credit hours of Irish Studies graduate courses – six in the Irish language and six credit hours in courses approved by the elected faculty Irish Studies Steering Committee.
  • 2 semesters of participation in the 1 credit Irish Studies ProSem
  • Evidence of substantial research in Irish Studies area (such as a published article, a conference paper, or a dissertation chapter).

Students can have their language course requirements waived with a letter indicating their competence in the Irish language from a faculty fellow and member of the Irish Language and Literature Department. In this case, the student would be required to take two additional Irish Studies classes instead of the language courses. There are no examinations or teaching responsibilities for candidates in the Graduate Minor in Irish Studies. The Graduate Minor in Irish Studies will have no impact on graduate students’ time to degree. For further information contact Beth Bland.