International migration is a burgeoning field in sociology, and the UCI's immigration program in sociology ranks among the best in the world. Renowned faculty members work with graduate students on a variety of funded projects, focusing in particular on how immigrants are integrated into the United States. Work done through the Center for Research on International Migration is wide-ranging, multi-method, and interdisciplinary. Among the projects are studies of:
- Intergenerational mobility among Mexican Americans.
- The durability of ethnicity
- Educational outcomes of the children of immigrants.
- Methods of collecting and reporting data on the unauthorized population.
- Racial and ethnic diversity, intermarriage, and multiracial identification, based on interviews with multiracial families and census data.
- Ethnic and generational differences in college attainment.
- Naturalization and immigrant public assistance.
- Ethnic economies.
- Criminalization of immigrants.
- Immigration enforcement.
- The children of immigrants, now in adulthood.
|Stanley R. Bailey
|Latin America, race and ethnicity in Brazil and the United States, religion, U.S.-Mexico border|
|Frank D. Bean, Distinguished Professor Emeritus|
|Demography, welfare use, racial and ethnic identity, fertility, unauthorized population|
|Susan Brown, Professor Emerita and Cluster Coordinator|
|Spatial and socioeconomic integration, education, urban sociology, immigrants' social networks|
|Ethnic economies, economic mobility, the effects of legal status|
|The "1.5" generation, comparative racial and ethnic relations, structural inequality, identity, health and mental health|
|International migration, racial group formation, socio-legal studies, educational inequality|
|Intergenerational integration, race, ethnicity, Latin America, Latinos|
In addition, immigration scholars are found through the university, in Anthropology; Political Science; Chicano and Latino Studies; Criminology, Law and Society; Urban Planning and Public Policy; Education; Law; Public Health; Asian American Studies; History, and more.
FIELD EXAMS & GRADUATE COURSES
To take the field exam in immigration, students must take three of the courses offered in migration. These courses may include:
- Immigrant America (Rumbaut). Focuses on why international migration occurs, the contexts of reception at the destination, the development of ethnic identity and historical immigration policy in the U.S.
- Immigrant Integration (Bean). Examines theories of immigrant group integration in the U.S., the meaning of citizenship and current migration policy.
- Community and Immigration (Brown). Discusses the meaning of community in urban sociology, the role of ethnic enclaves and residential integration of immigrants and their descendants.
- Ethnic America (Rumbaut). Examines theories of ethnicity, and the permanently unfinished character of American ethnicity, in historical and contemporary contexts.
- Immigration and Ethnic Economies (Rosales). Examines the importance of ethnic economies to immigrant mobility.
- Race, Immigration, and Inequality (Telles). Examines the relationships of immigration, racial and ethnic identity formation, and the role of inequality.
- Crimmigration (Vega). Covers the criminalization of immigration in law and enforcement practices.
In addition, we recommend that majors take at least one class in a related area, such as race/ethnicity or population.
Students wishing to meet the requirements of a second field exam with immigration must submit substantial papers on discrete topics from three courses on immigration or related fields (as approved by the cluster coordinator).