ACIS Logo Christopher Newport University

CNU offers regular courses in Irish Studies through the English Department, as well as through the History and Political Science departments and occasionally in Music. As a liberal arts college, CNU encourages interdisciplinary study, service learning, and leadership studies, and many of the Irish Studies courses contribute to these areas.

CNU’s location in Newport News, America’s shipbuilding capital, places it in a historic area of the transatlantic maritime interchange so important to Irish Studies. Among its current areas of focus, the faculty are developing courses that can capitalize on this local history and its potential connections with Ireland, particularly with regard to the shipbuilding industry in Belfast.


ENGL 304 Creativity out of Conflict (topics – The Gaelic Revival, The Troubles)
ENGL 313 Literature and Social Issues (Spring 2016: The Troubles)
ENGL 320 Studies in Women and Literature (Irish Women’s Writing)
ENGL 395 Special Topics (topics in Irish literature – varies)
ENGL 423 Major Authors (Yeats, Joyce, Beckett may all be offered)
ENGL 476 Imagined Domesticities (The Big House)
ENGL 490 Senior Seminar (varies)
ENGL 495 Special Topics (varies)
ENGL 392 Travel and Culture – This is a course which involves a travel component. English Department T&C courses have traveled to Ireland twice in the past five years and will likely return in 2017.

B.A. Rhodes College; M.Phil. Trinity College Dublin; Ph.D. Washington University in St. Louis