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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)



Eight credits of coursework must be unique to the minor and students must complete all coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.00. For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors.

Banner Code: IMMS

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 15

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Core Courses

ANTH 340Comparative Perspectives on Immigration3
or SOCI 330 US Immigrants and Immigration
Total Credits3

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
Ethnic Politics in Western Europe and North America
Refugee and Internal Displacement (Mason Core)
Human Trafficking and the International Community
Critical Race Studies (Mason Core)
Representations of Race (Mason Core)
Race and Ethnicity in a Changing World
Introduction to Latina/o Studies (Mason Core)
Total Credits6


Select two electives from the following:6
Culture, Identity, and Conflict
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 Credits6