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Ethnic and Immigration Studies

  • This multidisciplinary, interdepartmental minor is organized around the theme of pluralism and ethnic diversity in American life and culture. It is designed to help students develop a recognition and understanding of the contributions of the different ethnic groups that make up American society. New Jersey City University provides a unique opportunity for the study of immigration and ethnicity because of its proximity to Ellis Island and its own ethnic diversity. The minor in Ethnic and Immigration Studies will be of service to those students whose career interests include social services, teaching, health services, law enforcement and counseling. 

    Minor in Ethnic and Immigration Studies (18 credits)

    Required courses (9 credits):

    ETHN 114 Immigration in American History
    ETHN 201 Ethnic & Racial Stereotypes in Film & TV
    ETHN 221 Cultural Assimilation of America’s Ethnic Groups


    Elective courses (9 credits): 

    AFRO 106 Black Identity and Culture
    ART 108 African and African-American Art
    ENGL 188 Stories of Immigration
    ETHN 115 The Asian American Experience
    MDT 105 African and African American Music
    MDT 106 Jazz History
    ENGL 215  U.S. Minority Writers
    LATI 204 Latin American and Caribbean Communities in the U.S.
    MDT 255 Music in an Urban Setting
    SOC 244 Ethnic Families in America
    SOC 254 Urban Sociology
    HIST 402 Social Aspects of American History

    Course Descriptions

    ETHN 114 Immigration in American History (3)
    The focus of this course is the study and analysis of the impact of immigration on the development of modern America. The experiences and contributions of ethnic immigration groups are stressed.

    ETHN 201 Ethnic and Racial Stereotypes in Film and Television (3)
    This course focuses on ethnic stereotyping by analyzing major films and television programs. The evolution of ethnic stereotypes of various groups (Blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asians, Italians, Poles and Slavs, Irish, Germans and Jews) is traced from the birth of motion pictures to film and television programs of today.

    ETHN 221 Cultural Assimilation of America’s Ethnic Groups (3)
    This course is concerned with the sociological phenomena associated with the movement of people from one cultural world to another. It considers the impact of migration to a land with different norms and values both on the individuals involved as well as on the society receiving the immigrants.