Feb 03, 2023
170 Uris Hall
Faculty Coordinator: Debra A. Castillo, Emerson Hinchliff Professor of Hispanic Studies, Department of Comparative Literature
Migration is a major feature of human history and one of the most significant forces shaping the world today. The Migration Studies minor is a university-wide, interdisciplinary undergraduate minor that prepares students to understand the historical and contemporary contexts and factors that drive international migration and shape migrant experiences around the globe.
This minor draws on the rich course offerings found across the humanities and social sciences at Cornell. The courses offered are designed to provide students with the analytical framework necessary to understand the conditions that shape migrants’ decisions to migrate and the social, cultural, and political processes that shape their departure, arrival, and integration into new host societies. The Migration Studies minor is designed to draw students outside of their major fields and to extend their knowledge beyond a single country.
There are more than 30 faculty associates of the minor, representing departments from six colleges on Cornell’s campus. The diversity of their research and teaching interests reflects the breadth and interdisciplinary nature of this course of study. To sustain populations in motion and thrive in a world on the move, students of all disciplines can learn about and engage with new approaches.
The minor is earned upon completion of five courses with a minimum of 15 credits. To complete the minor, students should:
- Take a required introductory course, ILRLR 2810 (LSP 2810, SOC 2810): Migration: Histories, Controversies, and Perspectives (3 credits).This course introduces students to issues and debates related to international migration and will provide an interdisciplinary foundation to understand the factors that shape migration flows and migrant experiences.
- Complete Four Elective Courses: As an interdisciplinary minor, the Migration Studies minor admits over fifty elective courses across six colleges at Cornell. The list is representative, but by no means exhaustive. Other elective courses can be taken, but must be approved by the faculty coordinator. The four elective courses must meet the following criteria:
- 3 courses taken at the advanced (3000–4000) level.
- At least 1 course must include substantial focus on migration outside of the United States.
- Courses must be taken in at least 2 departments. ILR courses are considered one department.
- All courses must be taken for a letter grade.
- All courses must be completed with a letter grade of C or higher.
- Attend five migration-related events. Students must attend at least five migration-related events on campus. Event attendance must be registered prior to the end of the semester in which the event takes place.
- Engage in an extra curricula experience. Students are also encouraged to engage beyond the classroom through a field experience, community-based practicum, or other engaged component, to intern, work, volunteer, research, or study abroad in situations that involve significant interaction with migrant populations. Students should check with their college for available opportunities.
To enroll in the Migration Studies Minor, complete and submit the Declaration of Intent form. This may be done as soon as the sophomore year or no later than the end of the sixth semester in order to qualify. There is no GPA requirement for admission to the minor, but students must be in good academic standing.
- AAS 2100 - South Asian Diaspora
- AMST 1104 - Race and Ethnicity in the United States: Social Constructs, Real World Consequences
- AMST 4720 - [New Latinx Writing]
- AMST 4851 - Refugees
- ANTHR 2428 - [Slavery and Human Trafficking]
- ANTHR 3703 - Asians in the Americas: A Comparative Perspective
- ANTHR 3762 - [Law, Latinxs, Illegality]
- ANTHR 4466 - Citizenship, Borders, and Belonging
- ARCH 1802 - History of Architecture II
- ASIAN 3329 - Literature of Leaving China
- ASIAN 3368 - [Imagining India, Home and Diaspora]
- ASIAN 4443 - Work and Labor in China
- ASRC 2212 - Caribbean Worlds
- ASRC 3434 - Underground Railroad Seminar
- COML 3336 - Border Environments
- COML 6960 - Rites of Contact: Emergent German Literatures and Critical Method
- DSOC 4300 - Human Migration: Theories, Patterns, and Trends
- DSOC 2010 - Population Dynamics
- DSOC 3040 - [Immigration and Public Policy]
- DSOC 3060 - Farmworkers: Contemporary Issues and Their Implications
- DSOC 3400 - Agriculture, Food, Sustainability and Social Justice
- DSOC 4940 - Special Topics in Development Sociology
- DSOC 6110 - [Advanced Research in Migration Studies]
- ECON 3480 - Race and the American Labor Market in Historical Perspective
- ECON 4350 - [Economics of Migration]
- FGSS 3400 - [Refugees and the Politics of Vulnerability: Intersections of Feminist Theory and Practice]
- FREN 3400 - French Identities: 21st Century Culture and Society in France
- GERST 3581 - Imagining Migration in Film and Literature
- GERST 4002 - [Changing Worlds: Migration, Minorities, and German Literature]
- GOVT 2152 - (Im)migration and (Im)migrants: Then and Now
- GOVT 2274 - Global Studies Gateway
- GOVT 2897 - WIM: Human Rights at War
- GOVT 4032 - [Immigration and Politics Research Seminar]
- HIST 1750 - [Routes: Global Histories]
- HIST 1800 - [Immigration in U.S. History]
- HIST 1802 - [Introduction to Latinos in U.S. History]
- HIST 1970 - [Pirates, Slaves, and Revolutionaries: A History of the Caribbean from Columbus to Louverture]
- HIST 1985 - [From Subjects to Citizens: The Making and Unmaking of Early America]
- HIST 2010 - Atlantic Travelers
- HIST 2251 - [U.S. Immigration Narratives]
- HIST 2392 - [Where Fire Meets Ice: Histories of the U.S.-Canada Border Across Four Centuries]
- HIST 2750 - History of Modern India
- HIST 3960 - Transnational Local: Southeast Asian History from the Eighteenth Century
- HIST 4252 - Migration and the Peopling of America: A Perennial Debate
- HIST 4922 - [Ocean: The Sea in Human History]
- HIST 6052 - [Readings in Latinx History]
- HIST 6132 - Mobility, Circulation, Migration, Diaspora: Global Connections
- ILRIC 2350 - Work, Labor, and Capital in the Global Economy
- ILRIC 4325 - [The European Social Model]
- ILRIC 4357 - Labor, Professions, and Migration in Sub-Saharan Africa
- ILRIC 4367 - Migration and Mobility: Theories and Lived Realities
- ILRIC 4372 - [Workers in the City: A Global Perspective]
- ILRIC 4395 - [Empire of Migrants]
ILRLE 7460 - [Seminar in Labor Economics II]
- ILRLR 2060 - Writing Seminar in Law
- ILRLR 2070 - Writing Seminar in History
- ILRLR 2080 - Writing Seminar in Labor Relations
- ILRLR 2810 - Migration: Histories, Controversies, and Perspectives
- ILRLR 3035 - Special Topics in Labor Relations
- ILRLR 3065 - [Immigrant America: Race and Citizenship in Modern Working-Class History]
- JWST 2630 - Brazil to Brooklyn: Jewish Cultures of the Americas
- JWST 4471 - Jewish Diasporas
- JWST 4533 - [The Lower East Side: Jews and the Immigrant City]
- LAW 7311 - Immigration and Refugee Law
- LAW 7801 - Asylum and Convention Against Torture Appellate Clinic
- LSP 4312 - [Migration in the Americas: Engaged Research Methods and Practice]
- LSP 4720 - [New Latinx Writing]
- NES 3655 - [Minorities of the Middle East]
- PAM 2030 - Population and Public Policy
- PMA 3228 - Border Crossings: Dance and the Politics of Migration
- SOC 2650 - Latinos in the United States
- SOC 3570 - [Schooling, Racial Inequality, and Public Policy in America]
- SPAN 3580 - [Race and Immigration in Spain]
- STS 4301 - [Social Studies of Space, Technologies and Borders]