Updated: 18/05/17 : 18:52:23
actor and writer Pauline McLynn believes IT Sligo’s new Bachelor of
Arts honours degree programmes will provide students with new
opportunities both in their professional and personal lives.
She was speaking at the official launch of the Institute’s new honours degree programmes which begin this September.
The new courses are:
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Humanities: Joint Major in English & Psychology,
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Humanities: Joint Major: in Sociology & Politics,
and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Writing & Literature.
envy the first intake of students for these new courses,” said Ms
McLynn, who, as a student, travelled to Dublin to complete her Arts
all know that Sligo is a place of poets, thinkers, creatives, a place
of great beauty. Now it has the educational offering at third level in
this area, which is in keeping with that heritage.”
Institute’s School of Business & Social Sciences is introducing the
two Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Humanities Joint Major degrees.
is a first for IT Sligo and the region, and is a response to the
growing demand for degree courses featuring these subjects in the
Humanities area,” says Dr Breda McTaggart who is Head of Department of
Social Sciences at IT Sligo.
courses provide a new, more accessible gateway to the study of
humanities in the North West region. In the past, students have had to
travel long distances to find courses like these. Now, established
humanities degree opportunities are available closer to home, delivered
by a well-known and experienced lecturing team.”
new Bachelor of Arts degree in Writing & Literature is an
innovative three-year programme which focuses on developing writers of
fiction, nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting, playwriting, cultural
journalism and other written forms and genres. Students will study
English literature, drama, film as well as digital media, providing the
critical context and the skills required of a writer in the digital age.
want to attract students who understand that the written and spoken
word is more important than ever before,” explains John Kelleher, Head
of Department of Computing & Creative Practices at IT Sligo.
an era where we have fake news and misleading information, we want to
instil in our graduates the integrity of the written and spoken word.
Those are the people that we want to attract.”
Staff from the Dept of Social Sciences at IT Sligo, who will be delivering the Institutes new honours degree programmes in English & Psychology and Sociology & Politics, from this September.
the new additions to the Institute’s educational offering, Dr Brendan
McCormack President of IT Sligo said: The North West is renowned for a
cultural vibrancy, inspired by its landscape and history. Sligo and the
region have helped shaped the work of so many writers and thinkers down
through the ages. Many of them have chosen to live in this part of the
world. It is this sense of place which differentiates Sligo from other
parts of the country.
I believe it is very appropriate that the Institute should play a role
in the educational stewardship of these areas,” he said.
For more information on IT Sligo’s new Bachelor of Arts degree courses in the Humanities and in Writing & Literature, visit itsligo.ie.