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Course Descriptions

Celtic (CELT), Irish Studies (IRSH)

To view the complete schedule of courses for
each semester, go to Cardinal Station.

IRSH 101: Irish Language and Culture I

4.00 Credits

Irish 101 is a foundational course for the certificate in Irish Studies at CUA. This course provides students with a general introduction to both the Irish language and to aspects of traditional and contemporary Irish culture. Students learn the fundamentals of the Irish language, primarily covering topics which enable them to talk about themselves; where they come from and live, their family and friends, and their hobbies and interests. Students are introduced to basic grammatical structures and focus on oral communication in the present tense.

IRSH 102: Beginners Irish Language & Culture II

4.00 Credits

Students build upon the fundamentals of the Irish language acquired in the first semester and cover a range of themes related to everyday life. Students learn to use more complex grammatical and syntactic structures, developing their command of Irish in four essential areas of language learning: oral, aural, reading and writing. Topics of both a traditional and contemporary nature are explored through a variety of media including simple poetry and rhyme, music and song, as well as storytelling and film. Prerequisite: C- or better in 101

IRSH 103: Irish Language and Culture III

3.00 Credits

This course aims to build the necessary confidence and language skills to communicate in Irish in everyday situations. The emphasis is on developing speaking and listening skills, while also providing students with the opportunity to read and write the language. At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to talk about everyday life in the past, present and future tense. They will have a greater understanding of the dialects of the Irish language, as well as various aspects of grammar. Students will improve their accuracy and fluency, as well as building upon existing vocabulary. Students will also add to their reading and writing skills.

IRSH 104: Lower Intermediate Irish Language & Culture

3.00 Credits

Students further develop their communication abilities by discussing and writing about various topics drawn from a variety of sources including literature and film. Includes vocabulary expansion and integration and refinement of grammar. Prerequisite: C- or better in 103. Irish 104 fulfills one of the electives in the Certificate in Irish Studies

IRSH 110: Irish Language and Culture

3.00 Credits

IRSH 110 is a 3 credit summer program which will take place over the course of two and a half weeks in Ireland at two locations: Cork and Kerry. There are two main components to the course. The first is a one-week immersion course in the Irish language in the Irish-speaking region of Ballyferriter in County Kerry. The second component of the course will take place in Cork city and its surrounds where students will participate in group work and field trips to sites of historical and cultural significance in the region. No previous experience with the Irish language is required. Fulfills Humanities requirement.

IRSH 200: Ireland, Its People and Culture

3.00 Credits

no description available

IRSH 306: Dublin & the Invention of Ireland

3.00 Credits

no description available

IRSH 405: Yeats, Eliot, Pound

3.00 Credits

no description available