HIST 246 History of Immigration to the US • 5 Cr.
Description starting Winter 2014
This course explores the history of immigration to the United States from the colonial period to the present day. It examines the forces shaping immigration, the diversity of immigrant experiences, the legal/policy framework influencing immigration, and the impact of immigration on U.S. society and culture. Recommended: Completion of ENGL& 101.
After completing this class, students should be able to:After taking this course, students should be able to: - Describe key developments and issues in the diverse history of immigration to the U.S. by applying academic tools of historical analysis. - Evaluate and understand the motivations of a range of immigrant groups from colonial times to the present, placing these motivations in their transnational historical context. - Analyze and articulate the historic experiences of a variety of immigrant communities in the U.S. with cultural change and retention by exploring issues such as work and economic developments, gender, ethnicity and race, religion, political and legal issues, the influence of popular culture, military service, etc. in their historical contexts. - Evaluate the influence of diverse immigrant cultures on a variety of aspects of wider U.S. society and culture. - Critically analyze a range of primary and secondary sources relevant to the history of immigration and produce interpretations of immigration history based on that analysis of evidence.