Micro-Minor in Immigration & Migration Studies
The Immigration and Migration Studies Micro-Minor bridges courses in the humanities and social sciences to provide students an in-depth understanding of modern migration. The issues surrounding global migration cross many intellectual boundaries, and course material draws on other Columbian College departments including Geography, History, American Studies, English and more.
After completing the micro-minor, students will understand global migration from an interdisciplinary perspective and be able to explain the effects and key issues of modern-day migration.
How to Apply
Students interested in registering for the micro-minor should contact Professor of American Studies Elaine A. Peña and complete a Declaration of Major/Minor/Micro-Minor form. Students in the micro-minor should declare by the first semester of their senior year so that they can be included in the spring semester symposium. Contact Professor Peña with any questions.
Associate Professor of American Studies Tom Guglielmo will be directing graduating seniors who have completed the requirements for the micro-minor. Contact Professor Guglielmo if you are a senior and have any questions.
Students choose one class from three areas that span conceptual, historical and cultural knowledge:
- Approaches to immigration and global migration
- Migration and immigration cultures
- U.S. immigration experiences and narratives
Learn Causes of Migration: Students will acquire a comparative and theoretical understanding of the social, environmental, cultural, historical and political dimensions of various types of migration.
Conceptualize Migration: Students will practice using different methodologies to conceptualize migration and mobility, from everyday practices to regional systems to global networks and flows.
Recognize Issues of Migration: Students will be able to recognize debates around migration and mobility as it relates to governance, sovereignty, citizenship, borders and social justice.
Each spring, senior students in the micro-minor will present on a research paper they wrote or make a creative research presentation on immigration and migration studies.
Faculty in the micro-minor and area experts will serve as moderators and respondents at the symposium. All the other students in the micro-minor will be invited to participate and attend. The symposium offers students experience doing research presentations that analyze pressing issues in immigration and world migration, and that propose bold solutions spanning culture, policy and practice.
|One course (3 credits) selected from each of the following groups:|
|Group A: Approaches to immigration and global migration|
|AMST 2410W||Modern U.S. Immigration|
|or HIST 2410W||Modern U.S. Immigration|
|GEOG 2127||Population Geography|
|SOC 2174||Sociology of Immigration|
|Group B: Migration and immigration cultures|
|ENGL 2711||Postcolonialism and Migration in Global Anglophone Literature and Film|
|ENGL 3730||Topics in Global Postcolonial Literature and Film|
|or WGSS 3730||Topics in Global Postcolonial Literature and Film|
|Group C: U.S. immigration experiences and narratives|
|AMST 2750||Latinos in the United States|
|ENGL 2100||Introduction to Asian American Studies through Literature|
|HIST 2305||Majors' Introductory Seminar: United States (in topic Africans in America)|
|or HIST 2305W||Majors’ Introductory Seminar: United States|