Dec 03, 2022  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Immigration Studies

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Issues of immigration are at the center of modern policy and political debates and are thus a core concern for social scientists, policy makers, civic leaders, community organizations, and citizens. The objective of the History Department’s Undergraduate Immigration Studies Certificate is to offer both traditional academic training through coursework and research and also practical experience working with immigrant and refugee communities through an internship. The Immigration Studies Certificate will ultimately prepare students to conduct immigration research, influence immigration public policy, and inform immigrant-related government decisions.

Upon successful completion of the certificate, students will:

  • Understand the theoretical explanations for immigration flows, immigrant assimilation and exclusion, and ethnic formation
  • Possess a fundamental understanding of the legal and political institutions responsible for immigration policy
  • Be familiar with currents trends in immigration studies thought, research, and activism
  • Be able to apply the content and methodological skills to engage in original research projects involving immigration topics
  • Be able to apply the theories and examples from coursework to conduct immigration-focused internships in the workforce

Program Delivery

  • This is an on-campus program.

Declaring This Certificate

  • Eligibility: While housed in the History Department, Immigration Studies is a multidisciplinary field that draws from Ethnic Studies, Anthropology, Political Science, Education, and Sociology. Thus, CU Denver undergraduate students in any discipline can enroll in the program.
  • Application Procedures: Students are encouraged to apply for the Immigration Studies Certificate at any point in their undergraduate studies. To apply, students should print and attach a completed Immigration Studies Certificate Application to an official transcript. These documents should be submitted to the Immigration Studies Certificate Administrator. Once the application is approved, students will be contacted about their acceptance into the program.

General Requirements

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Program Requirements

  1. Students must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours from the approved courses.
  2. Students must complete a minimum of 6 upper division (3000-level and above) credit hours from the approved courses.
  3. Students must earn a minimum grade of C- (1.7) in all certificate courses taken at CU Denver and must achieve a minimum cumulative certificate GPA of 3.0. All graded attempts in required and elective courses are calculated in the certificate GPA. Students cannot complete certificate or ancillary course requirements as pass/fail.
  4. Students must complete all certificate credit hours with CU Denver faculty.
  5. The certificate will be awarded when the student graduates with the bachelor’s degree.

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