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Prof Michael Breen, Dean of Arts

WELCOME FROM DEAN OF ARTS

As Dean of the Faculty of Arts, I welcome you and invite you to explore this website, where you will find information on our undergraduate and postgraduate courses, our vision and philosophy of education, and our distinctive approach to Liberal Arts.

In MIC, the Faculty of Arts provides a wide ranging set of courses and modules which are intellectually rigorous, deeply engaging and highly stimulating, within the context of the College's specific vision and ethos. It is our aim to provide our students with a first class education which is widely focused such that we produce graduates who are not only highly skilled and ultra competent in their specific academic disciplines, but also highly literate, socially conscious and intellectually curious, with a very broad general knowledge base.

Our Faculty contribute to the Liberal Arts, Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Education in Education & Psychology degrees at the undergraduate level, and deliver several taught postgraduate programmes as well as supervising students in research degrees at MA and PhD level. The Faculty cover a wide range of disciplines and are especially strong in the humanities, languages and social sciences. We strongly support interdisciplinarity in all our programmes. The Faculty of Arts enjoys a strong academic reputation in Ireland and further afield. The staff are highly competent and well published, with a particular dedication to teaching as a core value.

Our student body is international, drawn not only from Ireland but from countries including the UK, France, Germany, Poland, Netherlands, Spain, Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Mali, South Africa, Australia and the USA. Our students mix with international students on Erasmus and Socrates exchange programmes, experiencing different cultures as well as curricula. We have a vibrant and diverse student community which has a very active social calendar.

Of particular note is our off-campus year which students can spend in a variety of settings: some in foreign universities, others in placements linked to their career paths, and others in volunteer settings. Our students have spent off-campus semesters across Europe, the US, Australia, Korea and China to date. That list continues to expand.

With our graduates are spread across the globe and working in a variety of different settings, our Liberal Arts undergraduate degree is a fundamental education for life, learning pursued for its own sake.

I am delighted to introduce our Faculty, our academic programmes and our vital contribution to life at Mary Immaculate College and I look forward particularly to welcoming those of you who choose to join our student community.

Professor Michael Breen

Dean of Arts

Telephone:+ 353 61 204990

Email:michael.breen@mic.ul.ie

 

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