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



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

SOCI 330US Immigrants and Immigration (Mason Core)3
Total Credits3

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
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 Credits6


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)
Culture, Identity, and Conflict
Policing in America
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 Credits6