Concordia offers inaugural bachelor's in Canadian Irish Studies
MONTREAL, Feb. 6, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Government of Quebec has
approved a 42-credit major in Canadian Irish studies at Concordia University. As a result, the university will be the first in Canada to offer a
Bachelor of Arts in Canadian Irish Studies.
"This is a significant milestone for Concordia's School of Canadian Irish Studies. It is also the realization of the dream of the Irish community, both
here in Montreal and across the country," says the school's principal, Michael Kenneally. "We are now unique in Canada in offering a degree that explores
Ireland's history and culture along with the rich narrative of the
Irish diaspora. This new major is a perfect example of what can be done
when members of a strong community work strategically with governments
and academic institutions to achieve new goals."
He emphasizes that the School of Canadian Irish Studies is a good
instance of an academic partnership that brings together higher
education, governments, and community groups: in this instance,
Concordia University, the Government of Quebec, Government of Ireland,
and the Canadian Irish Studies Foundation.
A major in Irish studies means more than just learning about the
country's history and traditions. It's all about taking Ireland as a
case study for communities and cultures around the world. Indeed, the
program includes a wide range of courses: as well as literature and
history, students can enrol in classes in the arts, political science,
geography, film, drama, popular culture, economics, women's studies and
the Irish language.
"A degree in Canadian Irish Studies allows students to explore the
history and rich culture of Ireland and its diaspora and learn about
complex issues related to colonialism, nationalism, war, religion and
much more. But it's also an opportunity to study several disciplines in
one degree, all under the fascinating umbrella of Irish studies,"
The program's multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach will
prepare students for the complexity of the globalized world. Students
will also benefit from studying in a small school with a hands-on
mentoring environment, within a large university.
While a handful of North American universities offer a degree in Irish
studies, Concordia's is the only school that closely links the
examination of contemporary Ireland with its historical importance to
Montreal, Quebec and Canada.
Applications for entrance to the major in the 2013-14 academic year are
now being accepted.
SOURCE: CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY
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