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Immigrant States: Jersey's Global Routes

SS Immigrant 1x2

Immigrant States: Jersey's Global Routes
01:556:271 (3 credits)
Core: 21C, SCL
Professor Carlos Decena, Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Professor Robyn Rodriguez, Sociology, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

New Jersey is one of the top immigrant destinations in the United States, yet it is also one of the most ethnically and racially segregated states in the country. What accounts for this contradiction? How have people from vastly different parts of the world like the Dominican Republic, the Philippines, Mexico, and China come to establish "Jersey roots" through overlapping yet distinct "routes"?

Amid New Jersey's remarkable diversity, why do so many know so very little about the histories and experiences of their own neighbors of different backgrounds? How has 21st-century technology fundamentally changed the immigrant experience by allowing the country of origin to be a site for the making of identity and belonging? In "Immigrant States: Jersey’s Global Routes," you will transcend your "Jersey roots, global reach" to analyze how and why ethnic and racial differences shape a person's experiences of and perspectives on the world.

This course is particularly recommended for students who intend to pursue majors or minors in anthropology, various area studies and languages, literatures, history, political science, psychology, religion, and sociology. This course carries credit toward the major and minor in American studies, Latino and Hispanic Caribbean studies, sociology, and women's and gender studies. It can be used to meet the new SAS Core Curriculum goals in 21st Century Challenges (21C) and Social Analysis (SCL). For students entering before fall 2011, it can be used to fulfill the SAS social science or interdisciplinary requirements and the diversity or global awareness requirements. (Credit is not given for this course and 01:050:271; 01:595:271; 01:920:271; or 01:988:271.)