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Introductory Seminars for First-Year Students
The Immigrant Experience in Everyday Life
The seminar introduces students to major themes connected to the immigrant experience, including identity, education, integration, the economy, labor, connections to the origin country, government policy, citizenship, and intergroup relations. The seminar pays special attention to how these themes play out in the everyday lives of immigrants (and their children). Throughout the quarter, the seminar will emphasize how these everyday experiences link up to the policies, events, and social norms in which they are embedded.
The seminar will mostly deal with the contemporary immigrant experience in the United States, but it will also include a sampling of readings covering previous waves of immigrants. The seminar will include guest speakers, which may include government officials, activists, and authors of the assigned readings. Student participation will include in-class discussions, short written responses to readings, and short written assignments throughout the quarter. By the end of the quarter, students will be able to identify the social, political, and economic forces that shape the immigrant experience. More importantly, students will understand HOW these forces shape the immigrant experience in everyday life.