Minor in Immigration Studies

Catalog Year: 2021-2022

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

ANTH 340 Comparative Perspectives on Immigration 3
or SOCI 330 US Immigrants and Immigration (Mason Core)
Total Credits 3

Comparative Migration, Ethnicity and Race

Select two courses from the following: 6
Refugees (Mason Core)
Asian American Women Writers (Mason Core)
Ethnicity and Migration in Folklore
Topics in Ethnic American Literature
GOVT 337
Ethnic Politics in Western Europe and North America
Refugee and Internal Displacement (Mason Core)
Human Trafficking and Smuggling
Critical Race Studies (Mason Core)
Representations of Race (Mason Core)
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
CONF 302
Culture, Identity, and Conflict
GOVT 445
Human Rights
Multilingualism, Identity, and Power (Mason Core)
Neighborhood, Community, and Identity (Mason Core)
The Urban World (Mason Core)
Sociology of Human Rights
Spanish in the United States
Total Credits 6