Minor in Immigration Studies

Study immigration at Mason. Learn about the immigrant experience in the United States and come to better understand the complexities of ethnic identity, assimilation and conflict, and the issues affecting immigrants and refugees around the world. 

You can take one or more courses or a five-course minor. The courses come from many different disciplines—anthropology, literature, history, languages, sociology, social work, and more—and provide multiple perspectives on the study of immigration.  They help prepare you to contribute in meaningful ways to the ongoing national debate about immigration.

The minor in immigration studies is offered by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. The program is supported by faculty from across the university. Through their teaching and research, they show their commitment to an informed discussion about the role of immigrant groups in the contemporary United States.

Requirements for the Minor

In order to complete the requirements for the minor, you need to take the core course (SOCI 330, US Immigrants and Immigration or ANTH 340, Comparative Perspectives on Immigration), two courses from Comparative Migration, Ethnicity, and Race, and two courses from Electives.  INTS 375 (US Immigrants and Immigration) is often cross-listed with Soci 330 and also fulfills the core course requirement. Currently, SOCI 330/INTS 375 is offered yearly in the Fall, but ANTH 340 has not been offered for some time. Please plan to take SOCI 330/INTS 375 in the Fall to complete the Core Course requirement as this course  cannot be substituted with courses from Electives or Comparative Migration, Ethnicity, and Race.


Arlington Fellows: Migration Policy and Advocacy Fellows

The Migration Policy and Advocacy Fellows program is a 15-credit academic program for students interested in immersing themselves in the complex issues of migration in Northern Virginia. This semester-long undergraduate program is based at Mason Arlington campus and combines classroom, online, and experiential learning to explore the cultural, political, economic, narrative, literary, and linguistic dimensions of the migrant's experience. Classes will be hybrid (Tuesdays held in-person at the Arlington campus and Thursdays held synchronous online).



Institute for Immigration Research

The Institute for Immigration Research (IIR) is a multidisciplinary research institute at George Mason University. The IIR’s mission is to produce valid, reliable, and objective multidisciplinary research on immigrants and immigration to the United States and to disseminate this information through peer-reviewed academic journals, as well as in print and digital formats that make this research easily accessible to policy-makers, the media, the business community, and the general public.



All students have opportunities to

  • conduct independent research
  • engage in globally-related activities through coursework and language study at Mason and abroad
  • participate in many forms of public service
  • prepare for their future careers through internships, career-focused minors and other college-to-career activities