International Migration Studies

Scope and Objectives

The minor in International Migration Studies orients students toward comparative, historical, and international dimensions, providing structured exposure to the relevant scholarship.

International migration is a global phenomenon — comprising broad and deep linkages within and between the developed and developing worlds. As the issues surrounding global migration processes cross manifold intellectual boundaries, understanding demands insights and methods from a broad array of disciplines. Standard models in economics or demography offer powerful explanations of why people migrate and how migration might have an effect on wages and employment in both sending and receiving societies. However, migration is ultimately about the lived experience of people — those moving and those they encounter. Understanding migrants’s emergent identities and the problems of belonging and acceptance that migration generates requires attention, both to the micro level, as well as to the specific historical and cultural contexts surrounding both migration flows and societal responses. The minor in International Migration Studies aims to build an appreciation of international migration and its dilemmas as it draws on the insights generated from a broad array of disciplines and methodological approaches needed for grappling with a vast social and intellectual phenomenon.