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The M.A. Program in International Migration Studies offers a rigorous and innovative 30-credit curriculum. Students will take 4 core courses (12 credits total): International Migration, Global Immigrant Cities, Research Methods in International Migration, and Migration Policy. Students will then choose among a rich array of elective courses offered in varied academic fields (5 courses or 15 credits total), allowing them to develop their own area of specialization. A sample of elective courses is included below. Students will complete the program with an individual capstone project (3 credits), under guidance from a faculty member, on some aspect of international migration studies.

Core Courses

International Migration (3 credits). This course offers an overview of the key current topics and issues in the burgeoning field of international migration. The course will aspire to incorporate the experiences of major immigrant-receiving countries around the world, but the main comparative focus will be on Europe and North America, where the major theories and key concepts are most fully developed. The course emphasis is on exploring both the theoretical debates in the field and the empirical data and case studies on which these debates hinge. Attention will be paid to detailed discussions of “classic” issues of immigration, such as assimilation, incorporation/integration, the labor market, race and ethnic relations, gender and the family, transnationalism, the second generation, and nativism/host hostility. Throughout, the course will take into account the way in which migrant-receiving cities, as contexts of reception, affect the immigrant experience, and in turn, are transformed by immigrants.
Global Immigrant Cities (3 credits). This course asks the question of how various migrant-receiving global cities experience, respond to, and are transformed by the changing composition of their ethnic populations. Looking at several European, North American, Latin American, and Asian cities, it will explore their histories of ethnic and racial difference; the ways in which their ideologies about diversity, pluralism, and multiculturalism have evolved and changed over time; the extent to which they incorporate (or do not incorporate) their migrants; and the different economic, cultural, and political impacts that migration has had on these global immigrant cities. The main focus will be on international comparison, and students will be trained in the use of comparative perspectives to illustrate similarities and differences between cities. Global immigrant cities are crucial research sites for exploring the possibility of going “beyond” the nation-state-society focus of most mainstream American research. Also, while opening the door to a crucial dimension of globalization, the comparative study of migration opens up a fresh comparative and international perspective on the urban experience. Taking advantage of our location and extensive local knowledge, the course will use New York as the basis of comparison with other major global cities, such as Los Angeles, Paris, London, Berlin, Amsterdam, Toronto, Shanghai, and Buenos Aires.
Research Methods in International Migration (3 credits). This course will provide an overview of major methodological approaches in the study of international migration. It covers both quantitative and qualitative methods with a goal of seeing students transition from consumers to producers of knowledge. The class will give students the tools they need to evaluate research in this area and will prepare them to undertake their own original research projects.
Migration Policy (3 credits). The class will address how law and politics shape migration policy in an international comparative framework. It will cover some of the main themes in migration policy historically as well as how legal migration regimes come about. It will look specifically at documented versus unauthorized migration and the role of civil society actors such as community organizations and ethnic groups in making migration policy. Other topics will include how nations decide who can and cannot migrate, how citizenship is established, what factors shape policies and their implementation, the increased role of municipalities in making policy towards immigrants, refugee resettlement, and immigrant integration and deportation.

POSSIBLE Areas of Concentration

Students may design their own area of specialization in consultation with their faculty advisor. Possible areas of specialization include Comparative Immigration, Global Immigrant Cities, Assimilation and Integration, and Immigration Politics and Policies.

Sample Elective Courses

Select examples of courses offered in past two academic years at the Graduate Center that might be chosen by students in the new International Migration Studies program to fulfill their 15 elective credits:
ANTHROPOLOGY Immigration, Race, and Citizenship (3 credits)

ANTHROPOLOGY Local/Global Imaginaries: Migration, Movement, and Identity (3 credits)

ANTHROPOLOGY Nationalism and Ethnicity (3 credits)

ANTHROPOLOGY Taking Back the Land: Black Social Movements in the Americas and the Caribbean (3 credits)

COMPARATIVE LITERATURE Bilingual Polyglot Writers (2/4 credits)

COMPARATIVE LITERATURE From Guestworkers to Transnationals: Turkish Immigrants in German Literature and Film (2/4 credits)

CRITICAL THEORY Fueling Critical Race Scholarship and Undermining Whiteness in Academia (3 credits)

DEMOGRAPHY Methods of Demographic Analysis (3 credits)

DEMOGRAPHY Social Demography and Geographies of the Disadvantaged (3 credits)


EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES Immigration, the State, and Justice: On the Margins of Membership (3 credits)

EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES Urban Orientalism: Global/Local Environment and Planning (3 credits)

ENGLISH Creole Poetics: Caribbean Fiction and Poetry (2/4 credits)

ENGLISH Mongrel Nation: Race, Place, and Culture in Postcolonial Britain (2/4 credits) 

ENGLISH Partition, Migration, Memory (4 credits)

ENGLISH The Politics of the Refugee (2/4 credits)

ENGLISH The Transamerican Historical Imaginaries (4 credits)

ENGLISH Toward a Negative Aesthetics in U.S. Latina/o Literatures (3 credits)
HISTORY Citizenship, Religion, and Religious Minorities in Modern Europe (3 credits)

HISTORY Comparative Diasporas (3 credits)

HISTORY History of New York City (3 credits)

HISTORY Paths, Detours, and Barriers to Citizenship: Immigrants, Refugees, and Aliens in U.S. History, Law, and Culture (3 credits)

HISTORY Slavery and Freedom: African American History in Comparative Perspective (3 credits)

LATIN AMERICAN, IBERIAN, AND LATINO CULTURES Analyzing Discourse Data (3 credits)

LATIN AMERICAN, IBERIAN, AND LATINO CULTURES Exploring Translanguaging: A Critical Sociolinguistic Perspective on Language, Bilingualism, and Education (3 credits)

LATIN AMERICAN, IBERIAN, AND LATINO CULTURES Language and Politics (3 credits)

LATIN AMERICAN, IBERIAN, AND LATINO CULTURES Mapping New York City in Translation (3 credits)

LATIN AMERICAN, IBERIAN, AND LATINO CULTURES Race, Ethnicity, Immigration, and Diaspora in Contemporary Spanish Culture (3 credits)

LATIN AMERICAN, IBERIAN, AND LATINO CULTURES Theorizing the Border in Latin@ America (3 credits)

LIBERAL STUDIES Introduction to U.S. Latino Studies: "Performing Latinidad" (3 credits)
MUSIC Musics of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Latin New York (3 credits)
POLITICAL SCIENCE Borders, Boundaries, and the Ethics of Immigration (4 credits)
POLITICAL SCIENCE Ethnic Groups, Generations, and Locales (4 credits)
POLITICAL SCIENCE Immigration and American National Identity (4 credits)
POLITICAL SCIENCE International Political Economy (3 credits)

POLITICAL SCIENCE Race and American Public Policy (3 credits)

POLITICAL SCIENCE The European City and the American (4 credits)
PSYCHOLOGY Group Relations: A Racial and Cultural Focus (3 credits)

SOCIOLOGY Advanced Methods of Demographic Analysis (3 credits)

SOCIOLOGY American Islam: Islamaphobia and Muslim Civility (3 credits)
SOCIOLOGY Asian Americans (3 credits)

SOCIOLOGY Citizenship and Human Rights (3 credits)

SOCIOLOGY Community-Based Organizations and Public Policy (3 credits)

SOCIOLOGY Computer Mapping for LA and NY (3 credits)

SOCIOLOGY Ethnography and Methods (3 credits)

SOCIOLOGY Global Inequality: Measurement, Analysis, and Political Implications (3 credits)

SOCIOLOGY Immigrant Communities (3 credits)

SOCIOLOGY Immigration in an Era of Globalization (3 credits)

SOCIOLOGY Labor and Inequality: Gender, Race, Class, and Immigration and the New Precarity (3 credits)
SOCIOLOGY Migrant and Immigrant NYC (3 credits)
SOCIOLOGY Migration and Crime (3 credits)

SOCIOLOGY Muslim Integration in Europe and North America (3 credits)

SOCIOLOGY Neighborhoods, Ghettos, and Enclaves (3 credits)

SOCIOLOGY Politics of Inequality, Opportunity, and Redistribution: Theory, Empirics, Methods, and Analysis (3 credits)

SOCIOLOGY Quantitative Reasoning in the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Migration (3 credits)

SOCIOLOGY Race and Ethnicity (3 credits)

SOCIOLOGY Race and Multiculturalism in Global Perspective (3 credits)

SOCIOLOGY Race, Place, and Inequality (3 credits)

SOCIOLOGY Second Plus Generations and American Immigrant Integration (3 credits)

SOCIOLOGY Survey Methodology (3 credits)

SOCIOLOGY The Peoples of New York City (3 credits)

SOCIOLOGY The Sociology of New York City (3 credits)
SOCIOLOGY The Sociology of Undocumented Migration (3 credits)
SOCIOLOGY Urban Sociology (3 credits)
URBAN EDUCATION Globalization of Education (3 credits)

URBAN EDUCATION Immigrant Children and Families (3 credits)