Graduate and Undergraduate courses
on Immigration

Faculty in many schools and departments at Rutgers teach courses that explore different aspects of migration.

Fall 2014 Courses (list in formation):


Politics and the New Majority (NB) 3 credits
Wed. 10:55am-1:55pm
Department of Political Science, School of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Sayu Bhojwani

Description: In this seminar, students will explore themes in political participation by new immigrant groups, in particular Asian and Latino communities. The focus will be on electoral campaigns, particularly by immigrant and non-immigrant candidates running for office. Through readings, guest speakers and assignments, students will gain deeper understanding of the role of mobilization, coalition politics, and electoral reforms in engaging immigrants in the political process.  Where possible, the 2014 election cycle will serve as an anchor for research, with the expectation that students will be engaged in primary and secondary research on electoral campaigns.

Learn more about Dr. Bhojwani and her new course:

Immigration and Public Policy (NB) 3 credits
Department of Labor Studies, School of Management and Labor Relations
Dr. SaunJuhi Verma

Description: What determines who is allowed entry into the country? How does immigration policy connect to practices of inequality? In this course, we will examine such questions by understanding how the law is socially constructed and how its enforcement relates to immigration within the U.S. and more globally.

The course explores the history of U.S. immigration policy as well as its impact on the rights of citizens and non-citizens in today’s world economy. Immigration is a broad topic, this course focuses upon how immigration policy distinguishes who can be a citizen and why others are denied entry. We will cover a range of issues by focusing upon race, gender, class, and sexuality as organizing principles. Students are introduced to how individual choice is connected to the social structure, such as the government, economy, and family. The readings will outline how immigration laws have defined who is free and who is deviant, both across U.S. history as well as in the current time period. Students will build on their abilities of critical thinking, writing skills, and evidence based research. Through course readings, class discussion, weekly response memos, and papers, students will understand the connections between national policy, social science research, and patterns of immigration.

Immigration Law & Employee Rights (NB) 3 credits
Department of Labor Studies, School of Management and Labor Relations
James M. Cooney, Esq.

Description: Contemporary immigration law in the U.S.; employer compliance issues; employee rights; immigrant employee representation and related policy debates.

Latinos and Migration (NB) 3 credits
Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies, School of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Ulla Berg

Description: This course examines the origins and processes of international and intra-national migration by peoples from Latin America and the Hispanic Caribbean to, from and within the United States.

While often seen as a monolithic “Latino” block, Latin American and Caribbean migrants from a variety of regional and class backgrounds come to the United States for many different reasons including work, family, asylum, and education. Upon arrival migrants hold different legal status (undocumented, refugees, non-resident alien, and resident) and they insert themselves in the US labor market and society in a variety of settings (rural, urban, suburban) and in varying degrees of geographical concentration. They also engage in different levels of transnational practices linking them to their countries of origin.

We will explore the social, cultural, economic, and political histories of the countries of origin, including the effects of U.S foreign policy and economic power in these regions, which have lead to the creation of past and present US-bound migratory flows. In this context, we will discuss the relationship between migration and larger global, imperial, and/or colonial socio-economic forces. We will focus particularly on the transnational links that migrants create and maintain with their countries of origin in the process of migration and settlement – whether temporary or permanent.

Past Courses

Fall 2011Spring 2011Fall 2010
Literatures of Migration, Immigration, and Diaspora (NB) 01:351:366
Topics:English, School of Arts and Science
Professor Lakhi

Writings that feature representations of place, community, and identity in relation to national and international movement and displacement.

Immigrant Workers and Their Rights (NB) 37:575:320
Labor Studies, School of Management and Labor Relations
Professor Janice R. Fine

Immigration and immigrant workers in American society; history; current legal rights; related public policy issues; immigrants in unions and community organizations.

Immigration and Community Development (Camden) 56:834:602, 50:975:491
Public Administration, School of Public Policy and Administration
Urban Studies and Metropolitan Planning, Urban Studies
Professor Christine Thurlow Brenner

Immigrant States: Jersey’s Global Routes 01:595:271; 01:920:271; 01:988:271
Departments of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies, Sociology, and Women’s and Gender Studies
Professors Carlos Decena and Robyn Rodriguez

Latinos and Migration LHCS298
Anthropology, Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies
Professor Ulla D. Berg

Immigrant Workers Rights (NB) 37:575:320, 01:595:312
Labor Studies, School Of Management And Labor Studies
Professor Janice R. Fine