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The Irish Studies Program at Bridgewater State University (BSU) offers students the opportunity to learn about Irish literature, history and culture through an interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary course of study. Students in any major can minor in Irish studies. The program offers courses in literature, history, dance, anthropology and other departments. BSU also has semester- and year-long study abroad opportunities in Ireland as well as a variety of study tours to Ireland each summer and winter. Education majors have the opportunity to complete their student teaching at the Marino Institute in Dublin for six credits of coursework counted toward the minor. For more information about the Irish studies minor, contact Dr. Ellen Scheible at


ANTH 315 – Ethnic Experience in America
ANTH 426 – Seminar: New England Ethnic and Regional Communities
DANC 260 – World Dance
ENGL 381 – Irish Literature I
ENGL 382 – Irish Literature II
ENGL 491 – Literary Studies in Sligo, Ireland
HIST 414 – Politics and Culture in Modern Ireland
MUSC 106 – Irish Traditional Music Ensemble
SOCI 280 – Genocide and Political Violence

Other courses and/or study abroad experiences may be applied to the Irish Studies minor if they include Irish Studies content and with approval of the program coordinator. The following are examples of such courses:

ECED 497 – Supervised Teaching in an Integrated Early Childhood Setting
EDHM 490 – Teaching Practicum
ELED 492 – Supervised Teaching in Public Schools: Elementary
ENGL 355 – International Study Tour
ENGL 388 – Topics in Film
ENGL 495 – Seminar: British Literature and Culture
GEOG 151 – Human Geography
HIST 461 – American Immigration and Ethnicity
SPED 404 – Student Teaching Practicum: Inclusion Program (PreK-8)

Ellen Scheible is Associate Professor of English at Bridgewater State University. Her research interests include Irish Studies, British modernism, modern gothic fiction, the domestic interior, and the postcolonial body. In her current work, Dr. Scheible explores representations of gender and