Migration Studies Certificate

Program Description

Migration is one of the defining issues of the 21st century, greatly affecting countries of origin, transit, and destination. Further, migration provides a valuable lens through which students understand and prepare for the contemporary challenges of globalization posed by climate change, disturbances to population health, political decisions, armed conflict, poverty and inequality, and societal discrimination. The timely cross-campus certificate enables students enrolled at the University of Montana to intern and collaborate with community actors at the same time that it enhances transnational understanding, empathy, and competence.

The 12-credit multidisciplinary Certificate in Migration Studies prepares students for professional and civic challenges associated with contemporary and future voluntary- and forced-migration dynamics. Students complete 6 credits of core coursework and 6 credits of electives drawn from four migration-related advising tracks: social, political, and economic determinants; regional contexts; environmental contributors; bridging gaps and divisions.

Given the relevance of domestic and transnational human migration for students studying many subjects, from politics and public policy, history, sociology, and economics to global health, social-justice work, geography, and natural-resource management, and to Latin American Studies, Asian Studies, International Development Studies, Climate Change Studies, African American Studies, and Native American Studies, the 12-credit Certificate is likely to be a valuable complement to multiple majors and minors across campus.

The Certificate in Migration Studies offers a springboard to careers in refugee law and resettlement, journalism, international affairs, public service, climate adaptation, counseling, social-justice positions, and teaching. Civic awareness regarding this defining issue of our times also is enhanced.