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Minor in Global Migration and Refugee Studies

Global Migration and Refugee Studies is an interdisciplinary minor focusing on the comparative study of migration and national development, affirming the principle expressed by the Catholic Church of individuals' rights to find the good life in their homeland and, when this effort fails, to search for prosperity and well-being elsewhere. The minor is interdisciplinary and is a joint collaboration of the Departments of Anthropology and Sociology that is open to students in all majors.

The minor in global migration studies is divided in three aspects: (1) course requirements; (2) elective courses; (3) and a research or internship project.

Course Requirements 

  • SOC 202 - Research Methods (3 credits);
  • SOC 301 - Statistical Analysis for Social Scientiests (3 credits);
  • ANTH 201: Research Design and Conduct in Anthropology (3 credits).

Elective Courses

  • ANTH 217: Migrants, Refugees and the Homeless;
  • ANTH 355: Latinos and Latinas in the US;
  • CHN 250:  Chinese Migration;
  • SOC 204: Transnational Crime;
  • SOC 270: Human Rights;
  • SOC 361: Migration and Immigrant Communities;
  • SOC 365: Controlling America’s Borders: Issues and Problems;
  • SOC 324: Race & Ethnic Relations;
  • SOC 365: Controlling America's Borders: Issues & Problems (3 credits);
  • HIST 229: Global Migrations to the New World, 1492-present;
  • HIST 360: US Immigration and Ethnicity;
  • IRSH 380/HIST 380: The Irish in America;
  • SPAN 310: Contemporary Hispanic Issues;
  • SPAN 312: US Latino/a Literature, Film, and Music;
  • SPAN 313: Performing US Latino/a Identity;
  • SPAN 356: Latino/a American Popular Song: Socio-Political Movements;
  • POL 501: Globalization;
  • POL 557A: Transnational Security Challenges;
  • TRS 330: The Church & Social Issues.

This minor rests on basic methods (ethnographic and statistical) of social analysis that already root a liberal art education, focusing their applications and analysis of migration, transnational cultures, and addressing issues such as citizenship and security.