International Migration
Studies Minor

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The Minor

The minor in International Migration Studies is administered by Eleanor Roosevelt College (ERC). It is designed to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the causes, politics, and social consequences of international migration from a broad comparative perspective. This program of study helps to prepare students for a career in research and teaching, public policy, immigrant service-providing organizations, government agencies, or law. The unique research and writing opportunities offered by this minor also make it an excellent preparation for graduate school.

This interdisciplinary minor covers a wide range of topics, including the economic, cultural, demographic, and political impacts of immigration; laws and government policies for addressing immigration and refugee flows; ethnic, gender, citizenship, and transnational dimensions of immigration; the integration of immigrant minorities in receiving societies; and immigrant history and literature. Students learn about other countries of immigration (especially in Western Europe and East Asia) in order to place the US experience in comparative perspective.


The minor consists of a total of seven courses (twenty-eight units). The requirements can be fulfilled by courses at the lower- and upper-division levels or a combination of course work and either field research in immigrant communities or internships with local immigrant service organizations.

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  1. All students in the minor are required to take one lower-division US ethnic diversity course from the following list:

    ANTH 23. Debating Multiculturalism: Race, Ethnicity, and Class in American Societies (4)

    DOC 2. Dimensions of Culture: Justice (6)

    ETHN 1. Introduction to Ethnic Studies: Land and Labor (4)

    ETHN 2. Introduction to Ethnic Studies: Circulations of Difference (4)

    HILD 7A. Race and Ethnicity in the United States (4)

    HILD 7B. Race and Ethnicity in the United States (4)

    HILD 7C. Race and Ethnicity in the United States (4)

    POLI 40. Introduction to Law and Society (4)

    USP 3. The City and Social Theory (4)

  2. Students must also take one of the following upper-division overview courses on comparative immigration:

    POLI 150A. The Politics of Immigration (4)

    SOCI 125. Sociology of Immigration (4)

  3. Students complete the minor (twenty more required units) by pursuing one of three separate tracks.