The Freshman Years
The first two years are more general and foundational in nature. Students take introductory courses in economics, politics, social policy, sociology, statistics, and either law or a language. Currently French, German, Polish, and Russian are available. Languages may be carried on in year two, and a certificate of competency awarded should the course be successfully completed.
The Senior Freshman (second) year places greater emphasis on the areas of social policy and sociology, as well as the introduction of social research methods.
The Sophister Years
The subjects available in the sophister (third and fourth) years ranges from Social Security, Crime and Punishment and Family Policy, to Popular Culture, Work and Management and Gender and the Position of Woman in Society.
Many of these courses deal specifically with Ireland and with European society. In the final year students research and write a dissertation on a topic of their choice.