Minor in Immigration Studies

Catalog Year: 2023-2024


The minor combines perspectives from the humanities and social sciences to provide an interdisciplinary and comparative understanding of the immigrant experience, ethnic identity, assimilation, ethnic exclusion and conflict, and refugee situations.


Cleaveland, Haines, Ihara, Kim (director), Leeman, Rabin, Ritchie, Shutika, Trencher


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Minor Requirements

Total credits: 15

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Core Courses

SOCI 330 US Immigrants and Immigration (Mason Core) 3
Total Credits 3

Comparative Migration, Ethnicity and Race

Select two courses from the following: 6
Introduction to African American Studies (Mason Core)  
Refugees (Mason Core)  
Scientific Racism and Human Variation  
Asian American Women Writers (Mason Core)  
Topics in Ethnic American Literature  
Folklore and Migration  
GOVT 337
Ethnic Politics in Western Europe and North America  
The African American Experience in the United States: Reconstruction to the Present  
Refugee and Internal Displacement (Mason Core)  
Human Trafficking and Smuggling  
Critical Race Studies (Mason Core)  
Representations of Race (Mason Core)  
Introduction to Race and Ethnicity  
Race and Ethnicity in a Changing World (Mason Core)  
Introduction to Latina/o Studies (Mason Core)  
Total Credits 6


Select two electives from the following: 6
Peoples and Cultures of Latin America (Mason Core)  
Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East (Mason Core)  
Peoples and Cultures of India (Mason Core)  
Global Africa  
Urban Anthropology (Mason Core)  
CONF 302
Culture, Identity, and Conflict  
Policing in America  
GOVT 445
Human Rights  
Multilingualism, Identity, and Power (Mason Core)  
Survey of East Asian History (Mason Core)  
Survey of African History (Mason Core)  
Survey of Latin American History (Mason Core)  
Survey of Middle Eastern Civilization (Mason Core)  
Social Movements and Community Activism (Mason Core)  
Conflict, Trauma and Healing  
Social Justice and Human Rights (Mason Core)  
Gender and Society  
Contemporary Gender Relations (Mason Core)  
The Urban World (Mason Core)  
Social Inequality (Mason Core)  
Sociology of Human Rights  
Spanish in the United States (Mason Core)  
Women and Work  
Total Credits 6