SO 308 - The Immigrant Experience
(3 cr.) Each year, people come to the U.S. from all over the world seeking religious freedom, political asylum, or better economic opportunities. Historically, immigrants and their cultures have played a large role in enriching American culture, not to mention the economy. Still, many wonder whether immigrants are also a drain on the economy and worry that they might be changing American culture for the worse, creating a backlash against immigration. In this course, students explore questions such as: Why do people migrate? How has immigration shaped the U.S. throughout its history? How does immigration impact the American economy and culture? How has immigration policy changed over time? Using a sociological perspective, students learn how structure and agency interact to shape the decisions and experiences of immigrants and about the impact of immigration on society. Prerequisite: two courses from SO; Every Year, Fall

Spring 2015