ETHS 302

Immigrant Communities and the Trajectories of Othering

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective December 15, 2012 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This course takes a systematic and historic look at immigration as an American national mythos and examines how immigration intersects with race and racial difference, and has affected the development of Black, Asian, Latino and Indigenous cultures and communities within the United States. Topics include immigration histories and experiences, critical conceptions of race, ethnicity, and migration, assimilation and acculturation processes, and social, cultural, and policy responses to migration. Significant focus is given to issues of race and racism

Learning outcomes


  • Compare and contrast immigration experiences across time, place, generation, racialization, changing racial formations, and the various factors motivating mobility.
  • Explain how human migration interlinks with a number of other aspects of globalization such as but not limited to relationships among nations, racism and racial discrimination, economic policies, transnational business, trade, politics and policies, war, non-governmental organizations, popular culture, technologies, and other events that impact more than one country.
  • Recognize racial discourses (including white supremacy) that inform immigration conversations and conceptions of immigrants in popular culture in the United States.
  • Analyze the ways immigration policy and immigration enforcement in the U.S. is socially constructed, politicized, and racialized.
  • Distinguish the roles that racism and white supremacy have played in the history and development of our understandings of immigration, the immigrant, and our ideal of the United States as a "nation of immigrants."

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 6: The Humanities and Fine Arts

  • Demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
  • Understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within a historical and social context.
  • Respond critically to works in the arts and humanities.
  • Engage in the creative process or interpretive performance.
  • Articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts and humanities.

Goal 7: Human Diversity

  • Understand the development of and the changing meanings of group identities in the United States' history and culture.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the individual and institutional dynamics of unequal power relations between groups in contemporary society.
  • Analyze their own attitudes, behaviors, concepts and beliefs regarding diversity, racism, and bigotry.
  • Describe and discuss the experience and contributions (political, social, economic, etc.) of the many groups that shape American society and culture, in particular those groups that have suffered discrimination and exclusion.
  • Demonstrate communication skills necessary for living and working effectively in a society with great population diversity.