The Irish Studies Programme is an interdisciplinary liberal arts programme.
It is designed to allow students to explore the heritage, culture, history, religion, politics, literature, fine art, and film of both the people of Ireland and the communities of its Diaspora.
Founded by Irish Diocesan priests in the early 20th century in Chatham, New Brunswick, St. Thomas University has had a long-standing spiritual, intellectual and emotional connection with a robust, unique and living Irish cultural tradition.
Settled by pre- Famine Irish, the province of New Brunswick boasts one of the oldest indigenous Irish populations in North America.
Furthermore, only the province of Quebec accepted more Irish Famine refugees during the Great Hunger of the 1840s, when over 30 000 immigrants passed through the ports of Saint John, Saint Andrews and the Miramichi.
St. Thomas University both acknowledges and honours the sacrifice and contribution of these early Irish migrants through many of its university programmes; not least among these are:
Most of these programmes highlight the social justice concerns of the Catholic Church and the legacy of Irish priests, nuns and laypeople who historically made up the faculty, administration, student body, and alumni of St. Thomas.
The Irish Studies Programme seeks to complement the concerns of these programmes.
At the same time, it acknowledges the voices, past and present, of the Irish who first sought to bring this education to their own displaced people as well as to the citizens of the wider world.
The Bachelor of Arts program is open to high school applicants, transfer applicants, returning students, and adult learners.
Senior High School Graduation Examination and Chinese National University Entrance Examinations.
An average of "satisfactory" 70% on five academic courses on the India Senior School Certificate awarded by Central Board of Secondary Education/Indian School Certificate (awarded by Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations - CISCE).
Year 12 State Board Exams with excellent results will also be considered individually.
High School Diploma and Pre-university Year Certificate.
Within the Bachelor of Arts, St. Thomas offers a unique English as a Second Language (ESL) programme for students whose level of English proficiency is not high enough to pursue regular studies at an English-language university.
These students are provided the opportunity to begin university studies for credit while they continue to improve their language skills in a planned, individualized programme of study.
To be eligible for this program, students must have:
All of the courses students take in the ESL programme carry academic credit.
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