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  • Migration Studies (Minor)

  • Overview

    The Migration Studies minor is offered through the Schools of Public Engagement.

    The Migration Studies minor provides students with a foundational interdisciplinary understanding of migration and mobility and the economic, political, social, spatial, material, environmental, and institutional conditions that shape the movement of people, things, and ideas across borders. This minor is designed to provide students with maximum flexibility to complement academic paths in the humanities, social sciences, design, media studies, writing, and the arts.

    The Migration Studies minor is supported by the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility. The Zolberg Institute will provide a space for engagement beyond the classroom, and students who declare this minor will be considered Zolberg fellows, with the privilege of participating in the podcast Tempest Tossed, the Brown Bag series, and other initiatives.


    This minor requires successful completion of 18 credits. Course availability may vary from semester to semester. Some courses may be in development and offered at a later time. Students seeking to pursue alternative coursework to fulfill the minor should consult with their advisors.

    Subject AreaCourse OptionsRequirements
    Fundamentals Course

    ULEC 2282 Migration, Climate and Cities
    UGLB 3233 Global Migration
    UGLB 4510 Borders, Migrants, and States
    UGLB 4513 Mobility and Forced Migration

    3 credits
    Experiential Learning ElectiveLSOC 2056 Immigrant New York
    UGLB 3714 CRS: Refugee Youth Experiences
    3-4 credits
    ElectivesAt least 2 courses must be at the 3000-level or higher

    LNGC 1558 A Nation of Immigrants and Border Walls: The Politics of Immigration in the US
    NFLN 1103 Exile & Ethnicity in French Film
    LNGC 1539 Topics in Multicultural Psychology
    ULEC 2024 US Immigration Law and Policy
    LINA 2045 Views from the Border: Intercultural Encounters in the Arts
    LHIS 2210 Gender, Race, and Citizenship
    UGLB 2035/UURB 2350 Race & Gender in the Global City
    ULEC 2870 Remaking America? Immigration, Politics & Culture Today
    LANT 3029 Migrants, Refugees, Citizens
    NFDS 3410 Food and Migration
    LANT 3150 Migration and the Environment
    LPSY 3775 Culture, Ethnicity & Mental Health
    LPOL 3100 Rats: The Poetics and Politics of Interspecies Migration
    LSOC 3073 Power, Preparedness, and Precarity
    LPOL 3064 Political Belonging
    LPOL 3016 Borders and Walls
    LPOL 3093 Is Colonialism Over? Contemporary Approaches to the Study of Colonial Continuities in the Global World
    LANT 3135 Migration, Politics and Power
    UGLB 3560 Anxious Belonging: Nationalism after Globalization
    LHIS 3019 History, Trauma, Genocide
    UGLB 3515 Politics of Violence: Indigenous Lands and Bodies
    LVIS 3025 Other Abstractions: Abstraction across South Asia and its Diaspora from 1960's-1990's
    LMUS 3033 Musical Diasporas: New York's Migrant Music Scene
    LCST 3060 Borders, Borderlands, Border Identities
    NCOM 3166 Race, Ethnicity, and Class in the Media
    NCOM 4003 Mapping Migration UGLB 4537 International Refugee Law
    11-12 credits

    Learning Outcomes

    A student who has completed this minor should be able to:

    • Demonstrate theoretical understanding of the economic, social, environmental, and political causes of various forms of migration.
    • Distinguish between different forms of migration and the various concepts, practices, and research methods that emerge from different disciplines, interests, ideologies, and traditions.
    • Employ different methodologies and conceptualize migration and mobility from everyday practices to regional systems to global networks and flows.
    • Understand the ethics and responsibility of conducting research on and working directly with migrant and refugee populations.
    • Apply critical analysis to primary sources such as policy reports, agency reports, media, interviews, observations, literary texts, photographs, films, and data sets.
    • Recognize debates around migration and mobility as sites of engagement and contestation over governance, rights, citizenship, sovereignty, borders, and social justice.


    The Migration Studies minor is available to all undergraduate students at The New School.

    For questions about this minor, please contact Alexandra Delano, associate professor of global studies and chair and departmental faculty advisor for Global Studies, at

    How to Declare or Change a Minor

    General guidelines for declaring a minor are available here. Current students can declare or change a minor by logging in to, clicking on the Academics tab, and then clicking on the link to Major/Minor Declarations.

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    Contact your Student Success advisor to discuss how a minor will fit with your degree requirements.

    Declare or change a minor on in the Academics tab. Note that some minors require an application.

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