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

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 Credits3

Global Perspectives on Migration and Ethnicity

Select one course from the following:3
Refugees (Mason Core)
Culture, Identity, and Conflict
Human Rights
Refugee and Internal Displacement (Mason Core)
Human Trafficking and the International Community
Sociology of Human Rights
Total Credits3


Select two electives from the following:6
Multilingualism, Identity, and Power (Mason Core)
Ethnic Politics in Western Europe and North America
Neighborhood, Community, and Identity (Mason Core)
Critical Race Studies (Mason Core)
Representations of Race (Mason Core)
The Urban World (Mason Core)
Spanish in the United States
Total Credits6