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Course: WGS 168/HIS 165 – Coming to America: Gender, History and Irish Immigration to the US (1 unit, Liberal Learning Elective in Social Change and Historical Perspective; Gender; Global)

Dates: July 15 – August 5, 2017


Program Director: Dr. Ann Marie Nicolosi, Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and History

No Pre-Requisites, Language Requirements, or GPA Restrictions – Open to all students (including current first-year students)

School of Education Majors: This course will satisfy your US History requirement as well as your Civic Responsibilities and Proficiencies of Gender and Global.


Ireland 3

Course Description:

This course examines the history of immigration to the United States in various time periods and for various ethnicities/nationality.  It considers the causes of immigration, the social, cultural and economic adaptation of various groups, return migration, the significance of race, the varied experience of different immigrant groups, the development of ethnic group identities, changing American policy and attitudes towards immigrants and ethnic groups, and the impact of immigration and ethnicity on American society and culture.  It also focuses on the role of gender in both the migration and adaptation experiences and seeks to understand how gender determines these historical experiences.

This section of this course examines Irish immigration to the US in the 19th and 20th centuries.  Designed as a faculty led study abroad experience, this course will allow students to learn about the push/pull factors in this migration from a unique perspective, as they will be in the country of origin.  Irish scholars will lecture students on the push factor as well as Irish migration history and the course instructor will lecture students on the pull factor and the immigration and Americanization process, as well as the role of gender in these experiences.

Ireland 2Excursions:

  • Dublin Castle
  • Kilmainham Gaol
  • Guinness Storehouse
  • Megalithic Passage Tombe
  • Battle of Boyne Site
  • Titanic Belfast Museum
  • Ulster American Folk Park
  • Navan Centre and Fort in Armagh
  • And more!

Summer 2017 Program Fee: TBD


  • Application Fee
  • Program Deposit Fee
  • 1 Unit Course Tuition & Fees
  • Bed and Breakfast, all ground transportation and entrances
  • International Student Health Insurance

Does Not Include:

  • Airfare (arranged separately)
  • Transportation to/from US airport
  • Lunches and Dinners
  • Books
  • Personal Items
  • Other personal expenses (personal travel, etc.)

Refund, Cancellation, and Withdrawal Policy – Please review our policy statement should a student not be able to participate in the program.

For course specific questions, please contact Cecilia Colbeth at or Dr. Ann Marie Nicolosi at

Questions about the application? Contact the CGE at or 609-771-2596.