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Study Abroad Courses

During Maymester 2015, Dr. Emily Ryalls and Dr. Skye Cooley took 10 MSU students to Ireland. While abroad, the classes toured throughout Ireland, moving from Dublin to Belfast to Galway, with many stops between.

Dr. Ryalls’s class, “Gender and Media Outside of the U.S.,” used films and film theory to explore historical and contemporary Irish discourses of gender, ethnicity, religion, and sexuality. The week prior to departing for Ireland, students watched four films (Michael Collins, Hunger, The Magdalene Sisters, Art of Conflict) to gather insight into the rich and often tumultuous background of Ireland and its people. Once in Ireland, the class visited locations where many of the films were shot and/or where events featured in the films occurred. For instance, we visited Kilmainham Gaol, which is the prison where the Easter Rising “hooligans” were imprisoned and eventually killed. These events were interpreted in the film Michael Collins and the scenes were actually shot in the prison. While in Belfast, we saw the street murals featured in the documentary Art of Conflict.

Dr. Cooley’s class, “Public Relations Case Problems Outside of the U.S.,” examined the strategies and tactics utilized by Irish companies and Irish public relations practitioners to address public relations problems and opportunities. The course focused on teaching students to understand public relations from an international perspective. In Ireland, the class featured guest lectures from Irish public relations professionals, took tours of notable Irish companies, such as Guinness Brewery, spoke with marketing professionals in Dublin’s Croke Park, and engaged in discussions with local Irish communities on political branding and national image.

This trip was an incredibly rewarding experience for both the professors and the students. Dr. Cooley ( and Dr. Ryalls ( plan to return to Ireland for Maymester 2016. If you are interested in joining them or getting more information, shoot one (or both) an email!

Powerscourt Estate

We traveled with a group of students from several universities. Here we all are at
Powerscourt Estate, where we saw some absolutely breathtaking views...and did
some great shopping.

  St. Patrick's Cathedral

After a long flight from Atlanta, our first stop was the amazing St. Patrick's Cathedral.
Built in honor of Ireland's patron saint, the building dates from 1220!