A three-course sequence exploring how language and literature define identity under the pressures of colonialism, emigration, and immigration in Ireland—a country in which a poet was appointed to the first Senate, creative writers receive an income tax exemption, and the national symbol is a literary harp. After three weeks at WWU, we’ll depart for five weeks of springtime in Ireland. Coursework includes English-language literature study in Dublin, Sligo, and Inishmore (Aran Islands), plus a two-week Irish language immersion experience in rural Connemara. Flexible post-travel coursework allows students the option of continuing on for summer travel or opportunities abroad.
We are making two of the three courses available to students in 300- and 400-level options, to fulfill requirements for a broader group of students:
- ENG 342/415: Irish Poetry and Politics (5 credits)
- ENG 311/321/410: Irish Literature of Emigration and Immigration (5 credits)
- Irish Language Immersion, acceptable as transfer credit for ENG 439 (4 credits)
14 credits total. 14 credits can be applied towards the English major or minor and 9 credits can be applied towards the Linguistics major.
- Credit options:
- English: features 3 English major requirements, or 3/5 of an English minor.
- Linguistics: program counts as 9 credits toward a Linguistics major.
- Flexible offerings allow 300- or 400-level course options.
- Program offerings:
- Bicycling in the Aran Islands and hiking in Yeats’s Sligo.
- Two-week introductory Irish language and cultural immersion experience in rural Connemara.
- Tours of the Cliffs of Moher in Clare and Kilmainham Jail in Dublin.
- Abbey Theatre performance in Dublin.
- Optional telecommuting track for final coursework allows participants the choice of remaining in Europe for internships or further travel.
Expectations of Participants
With or without reasonable accommodations, must be able to walk for 1-3 hours and sit for 2-4 hours. Activities include walking tours, bicycling, hiking, and visits to museums and cultural sites. Bussing alternatives to the tours, bicycling, and hiking are available to all students.
Irish weather is unpredictable, and many course sites are outdoors: expect to encounter rain and mud.
Refrigeration is available for the program duration.