Minor in Immigration Studies

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, Leeman, Rabin, Ritchie, Seligmann, Shutika, Trencher (director)


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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
Total Credits 3

Ethnicity in the United States

Select one course from the following: 3
Asian American Women Writers (Mason Core)
Race and Ethnicity in a Changing World
Topics in Ethnic American Literature
Ethnicity and Migration in Folklore
Introduction to Latina/o Studies (Mason Core)
Total Credits 3

Global Perspectives on Migration and Ethnicity

Select one course from the following: 3
Refugees (Mason Core)
CONF 302
Culture, Identity, and Conflict
GOVT 445
Human Rights
Refugee and Internal Displacement (Mason Core)
INTS 417
Human Trafficking and the International Community
Sociology of Human Rights
Total Credits 3


Select two electives from the following: 6
Multilingualism, Identity, and Power (Mason Core)
GOVT 337
Ethnic Politics in Western Europe and North America
Neighborhood, Community, and Identity (Mason Core)
INTS 437
Critical Race Studies (Mason Core)
INTS 438
Representations of Race (Mason Core)
The Urban World (Mason Core)
Spanish in the United States
Total Credits 6
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