School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Certificate of Completion: Irish Studies

Regis University College for Professional Studies and the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) have partnered to offer an Irish Studies certificate program delivered entirely online. The Irish have a rich culture that has been shaped over several hundred years by religious influences, invasions and war, and other historical events, such as the Great Famine. As a result, legends and folklore have been passed down from generation to generation, and the fascination with Ireland, its people, and its politics continues.

The online Irish Studies Certificate program gives students the opportunity to explore the history, culture, language, and politics of the Irish people through courses that focus on significant historical events and religion, notable art and architecture, and the literary works of some of Ireland’s most prominent masters. The courses are taught by the staff and adjunct faculty of the Centre for Irish Studies at Galway, ensuring our students access to some of the leading experts in Irish culture and history. A Certificate of Completion in Irish Studies will be awarded by Regis University to students who successfully complete four required courses (12 Credit Hours). Students have the opportunity to add a fifth course to their Regis Certificate, awarding them a Diploma in Irish Studies from NUIG as well.

Immerse Yourself in 1500 Years of Irish History, Culture, and Language:

  • Study the relationship between Ireland's religious history and architecture by learning about Royal Sites, High Crosses, Castles, Monasteries of Ireland, Celtic Civilization, St. Patrick, and Irish Christianity
  • Delve into the cultural, historical and political tensions in Ireland since the Norman Invasion, such as The Great Famine, 1916 Revolt, The Free State, Ireland and the European Union, Northern Ireland, and 'The Troubles'
  • Read literary works from notable Irish authors, such as W.B. Yeats, Seamus Heaney, J.M. Synge, Irish Bardic Poetry, Táin Bó Cuailgne, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, James Joyce, Aodhagán Ó Rathaille, Samuel Beckett, Flann O'Brian, Máritín Ó Cadhain, and analyze the authors’ influence within literature, as well as their reflection of cultural heritage and important political movements
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Academic Calendar

Starts Classes Begin Classes End Registration Ends
for Online Courses
Summer 2 - 2012 July 2 August 26 June 27
Fall 1 - 2012 August 27 October 21 September 4
Fall 2 - 2012 October 22 December 16 October 29
Spring 1 - 2013 January 7 March 3 January 14
Spring 2 - 2013 March 4 April 28 March 11
Summer 1 - 2013 May 6 June 30 May 13
Summer 2 - 2013 July 1 August 25 July 9

Admission Requirements

An enrollment counselor will help evaluate your prior learning credit, provide valuable information regarding financial aid and tuition assistance, and help you get started with the application process.

Materials Needed for Application and Admission

  • Completed Online Undergraduate Application Form.
  • $50.00 nonrefundable application fee (waived for previous Regis University students).
  • Writing Skills Placement Essay: Select one of the essay topics to demonstrate your abilities.
  • Transcripts: Provide official college transcripts of prior coursework within 30 days from the start of first class. If you have never attended college, request official high school or GED transcripts. All transcripts need to be sent directly to the CPS Undergraduate Office of Admissions.
  • Work Experience: Document that you have at least three years of full-time work experience after high school, or a combination of full-time work experience and previous college credit equivalent to three years. Applicants who do not meet this requirement may submit a letter of appeal to the School Dean. Download the guidelines for work experience admission appeal.
  • Additional admission requirements apply to international students who are non-U.S. citizens.
  • Please remember: Applications that are incomplete and/or missing information will NOT be processed. All documents must be received by the admission office 4 weeks prior to the start term to ensure proper placement in your first course.

Required Courses

Requirements: 12 Credit Hours

Choose four courses from the following:

  • IRSH 410E  Early Christian Ireland (3 Credit Hours)
    Introduction to early Irish culture and society from the introduction of Christianity in the 5th century through the 8th century Viking invasion until the beginning of the Anglo-Norman conquest of the 12th century, while studying a variety of perspectives including history, archeology, and literature. Examines the impact of Christianity on early Irish society and culture with particular emphasis on the literature created out of the rapprochement between the older pagan tradition and the new religion.
  • IRSH 410F  Medieval Ireland, Literature & Society 1169–1603(3 Credit Hours)
    Focuses on the upheaval in Irish society caused by the Anglo-Norman invasion on the 12th century and its consequences for Irish social, political and cultural life. Provides a brief historical survey of Gaelic and Gaelicised Ireland in the early Middle Ages, an insight into the archaeology of the medieval Irish Church, and a brief introduction to the world of the Irish bardic poet and his work. Students acquire an interdisciplinary perspective on the pattern of medieval Irish society by integrating the perspectives gained through the study of Irish literature, archaeology and history during this period.
  • IRSH 410G  Early Modern Ireland, 1603–1845 (3 Credit Hours)
    Investigates the destruction of the Gaelic heroic world following the defeat of the Irish forces at the Battle of Kinsale and the subsequent dispersal of the native Irish and Old English aristocracy. Introduction of new political, social and economic structures during this period as well as the gradual destruction of Gaelic Irish cultural values and literary tradition from the Elizabethan period through to the famines of the 1840s will be studied from historical and archaeological perspectives.
  • IRSH 410H  Modern Ireland: Culture & Society, 1845–1998 (3 Credit Hours)
    Provides an interdisciplinary introduction to the patterns of modern and contemporary Irish life and culture from a historical, literary, and sociological perspective. Focuses on the impact of the famine on all aspects if Irish society, the Gaelic Revival, Anglo-Irish Literary Revival from the 1880s until the establishment of the Irish Free State in 1922, and the impact of cultural nationalism on Irish literature, language, culture and politics.
  • IRSH 410I  Social and Political Change in Contemporary Ireland (3 Credit Hours)
    Examines social changes resulting from economic growth initiated in the 1950's; formulates responses to the question 'How was Irish society changed by the economic transformation initiated in the 1950's?'


Academic Year 2012-2013: $460/credit hour

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