C of I student accepted as Irish American Scholar

College of Idaho student Lucas Morse has learned a lot about international affairs during his two years on campus. Next fall, he will have the opportunity to apply that knowledge first-hand in Northern Ireland.

Morse, a sophomore from Boise, has been accepted into the Association of Presbyterian Colleges & Universities’ Irish American Scholar program and will spend the 2014 fall semester studying international political economy at the University of Ulster.

Morse – who is majoring in international political economy with minors in English literature, mathematics and Spanish foundations – looks forward to attending Ireland’s second-largest university in Jordanstown, located just outside the Irish capital of Belfast. 

“I really wanted to study abroad and gain some international experience,” Morse said. “Ireland is a very well-rounded place for international studies. There are great historical contexts for studying conflict resolution, peace agreements and globalization issues. I’m looking forward to it.”

C of I political economy professor Dr. Rob Dayley recommended Ireland to Morse. The Northern Ireland region has a complex political history, one marked by the decades-long conflict between the nation’s Catholic nationalist and Protestant unionist communities. Issues of global trade also come into play, as modern globalization has boosted the Republic of Ireland’s economy but harmed Northern Ireland’s.

Morse won’t be the only C of I student in the British Isles. Megan Mizuta, a junior from Boise, will study at Queen’s University Belfast through the Irish American Scholars program; Caoife Wilkinson, an Irish exchange student, will be working at a nearby school during the fall semester; and a C of I study abroad group will visit London during the four-week winter term. Morse plans to join up with the London group, extending his time abroad through the end of winter term to explore Ireland, the United Kingdom and possibly mainland Europe.  

“I’m excited to represent the C of I and the United States in another part of the world,” Morse said. “It’s a great learning opportunity, but I think it will be a really fun cultural experience as well. I can’t wait to see what’s out there and to get involved.”

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