• 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
    Fundamental Courses

    ULEC 2282 Migration, Climate and Cities

    3 credits
    Experiential Learning ElectiveLSOC 2056 Immigrant New York
    UGLB 3714 CRS Refugee Youth Experiences
    UGLB 3728 CRS Transnational Border Lab
    UGLB XXXX CRS Collective Memory, Environmental Justice, and Diasporic Indigeneity in the Americas
    3-4 credits
    ElectivesAt least two courses must be at the 3000 level or higher.

    LANT 3033 Migration and Mobility
    LANT 3029 Migrants, Refugees, Citizens
    LANT 3135 Migration, Politics, Power
    LANT 3150 Migration and the Environment 
    LCST 3060 Borders, Borderlands, Border Identities
    LHIS 2210 Gender, Race, and Citizenship
    LINA 2045 Views from the Border
    LINA 2053 Feminization of Migration
    LNGC 1558 A Nation of Immigrants and Border Walls
    LMUS 3033 Musical Diasporas: New York's Migrant Music Scene
    LPOL 2047 Empires, Nations, Borderlands
    LPOL 3016 Borders and Walls
    LPSY 3775 Culture, Ethnicity, and Mental Health
    NCOM 4003 Mapping Migration
    UGLB Food and Migration (same as NFDS 3410) 
    UGLB 4537 International Refugee Law
    ULEC 2025 Immigration Law and Policy
    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 [email protected].

    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 my.newschool.edu, clicking on the Academics tab, and then clicking on the link to Major/Minor Declarations.

  • Take the Next Step

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

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

  • Take The Next Step

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