British and Irish Studies

The Center for British and Irish Studies encourages students to develop programs that include a focus on British and Irish culture, history, and contemporary life from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. At the undergraduate level, the center offers a certificate in British and Irish studies for students who have taken 24 credit hours in British and Irish literature, history, and/or other fields. 

For graduate students, it offers occasional interdisciplinary seminars. These offer exposure to methods and sources outside the students’ own departments and provide preprofessional training in presenting research. The center has funds for acquiring research materials for dissertation research, and offers travel fellowships for graduate students.

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Certificate Program

Certificate in British and Irish Studies

Undergraduates interested in the literature, history, and culture of Britain are encouraged to develop an interdisciplinary concentration in British and Irish Studies. Completed in addition to a regular departmental major, this work will lead to a Certificate in British and Irish Studies. The certificate demonstrates that the student has done serious work in several aspects of British and Irish Studies and will be advantageous when applying to graduate school or for jobs. It is open to students in arts and sciences and the professional colleges (e.g., business).

Students will gain a diverse perspective of Britain. Upon successful completion of requirements, students will be awarded an official Certificate in British Studies, signed by the Director of the Center for British Studies and the Dean of Arts and Sciences. The certificate may be used by the student in applying for graduate school or employment, as evidence of a sustained interdisciplinary concentration in British Studies.


Total of 24 credits in British Studies (normally 8 courses of 3 hours each) with a grade of C- or better in all classes.
The courses should be distributed as follows:

  • In the department of primary focus (either English or history, depending on the student's own interests), any four courses in British or Irish studies. CBIS will provide a list of possible courses (see below).
  • In the secondary department (either History, English, or political science, depending upon primary area), a minimum of two courses and a maximum of four courses. CBIS will provide a list of possible courses (see below).
  • Students may take one or two courses in departments other than English, history, or political science, chosen from the list below, in place of courses in the secondary department. Students are encouraged, to do some work of an explicitly interdisciplinary nature such as team-aught courses offered by two departments (e.g.: ENGL 3162/HIST 3163 or ENGL 4112/HIST 4113, or doing an independent study or honors thesis spanning two disciplines).
  • Studying in Britain or Ireland would be a fine addition to the certificate. Contact the Office of International Education, Environmental Design Building 1B45, 303-492-6016, for information on CU's Study Abroad programs.

Approved Courses

  • ECON 4514-3
  • ENGL 1500-3, 2222-3, 2502-3, 2512-3, 3000-3, 3164-3, 3543-3, 3553-3, 3563-3, 3573-3, 3583-3, 4113-3, 4224-3, 4513-3, 4523-3, 4533-3, 4544-3, 4554-3, 4564-3, 4674-3
  • HIST 2103-3, 2123-3, 3113-3, 3133-3, 4053-3, 4063-3, 4123-3, 4125-3, 4133-3, 4153-3, 4164-3
  • COML/HUMN 2133-3,
  • PSCI 2004-3, 4002-3