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Migration Studies

The Certificate in Migration Studies promotes a multidisciplinary understanding of migration and competency in a range of research methodologies. It accomplishes these goals by linking students to diverse learning resources spread across departments and centers at Brown University, and by building community among students and faculty with shared interests in migration, immigration, and the immigrant experience. The program places particular emphasis on research methods, research experience, and rigorous approaches to the study of migration.  The required introductory course covers the central features, concepts and foci of international migrations studies, and the two elective courses selected from the lists of preapproved courses expose students to diverse substantive concerns and disciplinary approaches. A required methods course from a list of preapproved courses exposes students to methods beyond their concentration requirements.

As with all undergraduate certificates (, students may only have one declared concentration and must be enrolled in or have completed at least two courses toward the certificate at the time they declare in ASK, which must be no later than the last day of classes of the antepenultimate (typically the sixth) semester.

There are no excluded concentrations.

Certificate Requirements:

Course work in Migration Studies:
SOC 0315International Migration1
One of the following:1
Making America: Twentieth-Century U.S. Immigrant/Ethnic Literature
Immigrant Social Movements: Bridging Theory and Practice
Migrants, Refugees and the Mediterranean
Migration in the Americas
One course from the following:1
Gendering Migration and Diasporas
L'experience des refugies: deplacements, migrations
Refugees: A Twentieth-Century History
The US-Mexico Border and Borderlands: A Bilingual English-Spanish Seminar
The Border/La Frontera (ETHN 0090A)
Diaspora, Displacement, Transnationalism
A Migration Crisis? Displacement, Materiality, and Experience (MGRK 1210)
Migration and Gender in Latin America: Crossing Borders and Bridging Disciplines
Latin America in Motion: Migration and Crisis in the Post-globalization Era
Regulating Bodies: Migration, Race, and Colonial Legacies in Central America
The Politics of Migration
Race, Immigration, and the Making of Inequality
Migrants, Refugees and the Mediterranean
Migration in the Americas
Unstable Times: Migration, Identity and Societal Integration
One methods course (that is not a requirement for your concentration): 1
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis
Ethnographic Research Methods
Statistical Inference I
Statistical Inference II
Using Big Data to Solve Economic and Social Problems
Introduction to Econometrics
Applied Research Methods for Economists
Big Data
Machine Learning, Text Analysis, and Economics
Applied Statistics for Ed Research and Policy Analysis
Using Qualitative Research Methods
Political Research Methods
Essentials of Data Analysis
Principles of Biostatistics and Data Analysis
Statistical Programming in R
Applied Regression Analysis
Methods of Social Research
Introductory Statistics for Social Research
Focus Groups for Market and Social Research
Market Research in Public and Private Sectors
Principles and Methods of Geographic Information Systems
Context Research for Innovation
Market and Social Surveys
Ethnography in Organizations
Capstone Thesis, Project or Experiential Learning in Migration Studies: Students have available a number of opportunities for hands-on experience in migration research, either through a senior project or thesis that is completed for a concentration requirement, participation in a faculty research project, or an internship or volunteer work with an immigrant service organization.1
(i) Students who undertake a senior project or thesis for their concentration are required to have a migration related topic as the central focus of the project or thesis. Proposals for projects/theses will need program approval for migration content.
(ii) Students in the certificate program have opportunities to participate in faculty research projects with a focus on migration. These opportunities are available on a limited basis and are contingent on project needs and faculty approval.
(iii) Students may opt to complete an internship or volunteer with a community organization that primarily serves immigrant communities.
Course credit for a thesis or project should be arranged through the student's concentration. Course credit for participation in faculty research, an internship or community service is optional and can be arranged as a faculty directed independent study.
Total Credits5