The Catholic University of America


 Global Migration Studies, a new Undergraduate Minor

 An interdisciplinary minor focusing on the comparative study of migration and national development, affirming the principle expressed by the Catholic Bishops 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.

 Purpose:  This minor will prepare students to analyze major trends and perspectives related to contemporary migration.  It will add a particular, interdisciplinary focus for students contemplating work or advanced study in which knowledge of issues and perspectives on contemporary movements of people and ideas may provide a special edge.  Students who complete the required course of study will be able to assess the cultural, social, economic, and political challenges posed by the new dynamics of recent human mobility. 


 Concept:  Contemporary globalization includes movements of people and ideas beyond settler migration and assimilation of the past and increasingly implicates global development and issues of civil society in the 21st century.  This minor draws on existing courses in departments across several disciplines to provide an undergraduate minor that would complement majors in the social sciences and humanities with a topical focus on migration and methods in the social sciences.  It is not a demographic or an ethnic studies program.  Instead, it 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.


Students minoring in Global Migration Studies satisfy three requirements organized as follows:

 1- Research Methods requirement:

 This requirement could be satisfied by passing one (1) of the following courses:

 SOC 202:             Research Methods (every Fall Semester)
ANTH 201:           Research Design and Conduct in Anthropology (every Spring Semester)
SOC 301:             Statistical Analysis for Social Sciences (every Fall Semester)


2- Elective courses

 Global Migration minors also complete four (4) courses from among those listed below. No more than two (2) courses may be from the same department, and no more than two in the student’s major department:

ANTH 217:         Migrants, Refugees and the Homeless
ANTH 355:         Latinos and Latinas in the US
SOC 361:           Migration and Immigrant Communities
SOC 365:           Controlling America’s Borders: Issues and Problems
HIST 229:           Global Migrations to the New World, 1492-present.
HIST 360:           US Immigration and Ethnicity
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

 Upon consultation with the Anthropology and Sociology Department Chairs, it is possible for students to complete up to two of the required courses studying abroad.


 3- Independent Work/Internship Project

  After completing the methodology and elective courses, Global Migration minors engage in independent research (ANTH 493, SOC 493) or appropriate internship (ANTH 495, SOC 495) that will result in a research paper or report.  To complete the research paper project, students will work closely with a faculty mentor and a second reader.

 Students pursuing the internship option work with a faculty and an on-site supervisor who together oversee the study.


 For more information, contact Dr. Enrique S. Pumar, Chair of Sociology at, or Dr. Jon W. Anderson, Chair of Anthropology at, co-directors of the program.