Minor in Immigration Studies

Study immigration at Mason. Learn about the immigrant experience in the United States and come to better understand the complexities of ethnic identity, assimilation and conflict, and the issues affecting immigrants and refugees around the world. 

You can take one or more courses or a five-course minor. The courses come from many different disciplines—anthropology, literature, history, languages, sociology, social work, and more—and provide multiple perspectives on the study of immigration.  They help prepare you to contribute in meaningful ways to the ongoing national debate about immigration.

The minor in immigration studies is offered by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. The program is supported by faculty from across the university. Through their teaching and research, they show their commitment to an informed discussion about the role of immigrant groups in the contemporary United States.

The program is enriched by the many events and research activities conducted under the auspices of the Institute for Immigration Research.


All students have opportunities to

  • conduct independent research
  • engage in globally-related activities through coursework and language study at Mason and abroad
  • participate in many forms of public service
  • prepare for their future careers through internships, career-focused minors and other college-to-career activities