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Irish Studies
  • Student to faculty ratio: 12:1
  • Typical class size: 20-25
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Irish Studies at Fisher

Fisher’s Irish studies program offers you the opportunity to explore the literary, social, political, religious, and cultural traditions of Ireland, past and present.

Begun in 2012, the program is designed to strengthen ties between the College and Rochester’s Irish sister city, Waterford, as well as other cities in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Participation will expand your knowledge of Ireland from a multidisciplinary perspective.

The Irish studies program is offered neither as a major nor a minor. Rather, it is a special enrichment program that continues Fisher's rich legacy of academic offerings dealing with Irish history and heritage.

Program Overview

Several academic departments within the College offer courses examining Irish history and culture on a regular basis. New curriculum is developed often across Schools and departments.


Each year, Fisher holds its Irish Studies Conference. The day-long conference features guest speakers and a full slate of sessions centered on topics pertaining to the Emerald Isle.

Conference topics have included:

  • "The Great Hunger and Its Continuing Significance"
  • "The Irish and the American Civil War"
  • "A Commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Fenian Raids"
  • "William Butler Yeats at 150"
  • "The Irish and the Erie Canal"
  • "Frederick Douglass in Ireland"
  • "Ireland Today: History & Heritage in an Ever-Changing World"

Guest lecturers present talks outside the formal conference setting as well.