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HIS 149: New York City Immigration: A History



Dr. Doug Sofer | Associate Professor of History | 865-981-8265 | 

Dr. Sofer regularly takes students on experiential courses overseas and within the U.S.  You might find him leading students on the Great Smokies Experience, or in Ghana, the Dominican Republic and beyond.  Learn More

Course Description:

 This study-away edition of the introductory HIS 149 class is a history of immigration which takes place largely in New York City—specifically parts of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. The course is organized chronologically around distinctive waves of immigration to New York Metropolitan Area. These waves are modeled loosely around Tyler Anbinder’s City of Dreams: The 400-Year History of Immigrant New York, which will serve as the textbook for this class, along with multiple Tartan readings. The basic outline of the class follows:

  • A brief introduction to the colonial and early Republican origins of the city. This discussion would take place mostly in Maryville.
  • The Irish-American experience, Brooklyn.
  • Italians & Jews: Ellis Island; Lower East Side; Brooklyn
  • Asian-Americans: Chinatown; Korean-Americans
  • Latino-Americans: “Spanish” Harlem; Washington Heights; Jackson Heights, Queens
  • The New Immigrants: Bangladeshis & Ghanaians: Kensington, Brooklyn; Concourse Village, Bronx
  • Conclusions 


This program will carry 3 credits. Selected students will be enrolled in a May-term class. Program will be listed as 

  • HIS 149 New York City: History of Immigration
  • *this course will carry the US designation for the US Pluralism domain and the HR designation for the Historical Reasoning domain.
May 2019 (tentative itinerary and a few highlights)
  • Irish-American history: Museum of the City of New York; event at the American-Irish Historical Society’s library venue.

  • Italian & Jewish history: Ferry and faculty-guided tour of Ellis Island; Lower East Side Tenement Museum; Student research projects at the NY Public Library.

  • Latino-American history: Visit to sites of historical importance in Spanish Harlem; Community college and meetings with history professors; Museo del Barrio; History and visits to bodegas (Puerto Rican-American markets & cultural centers); Museum of Bronx History; Brooklyn History Museum.

  • Asian-American history: Chinatown; exhibitions at the Korean Cultural Center NY; visit to the United Nations.

  • New Immigration: Talk to leaders in Ghanaian-American and Bangladeshi-American communities.

     AND MORE....

Useful Travel Information


The Official Guide to New York City: 

New York City Tourist Guide:

NYC.Gov Immigrant Stories: 

Lonely Planet NYC Guidebook: 

New York City Boroughs Map (

Boroughs Map



Approximate Costs: $1975.00 (estimate)*

The price includes: 

  • Roundtrip airfare
  • Local transportation
  • Accommodation
  • Meals **
  • Cultural Experiences & Field Trips
  • Guest Speakers
  • $100 Application fee + $200 Deposit

Not included: 

  • Personal expenses 

*Please note that prices are tentative and may fluctuate based on  number of participants, price fluctuations in actual airfares and fuel surcharges, or administrative overhead

**All meals are included, though breakfasts and lunches may be minimal and made in rooms (sandwiches, pastries, etc.) so students will be urged to bring snack money if they get especially hungry between meals.

How it Works:

  • Travel with two expert MC faculty members 
  • Travel with a group of Maryville students on a short term U.S-based Study Away program
  • 3 academic credits
  • This is an interactive learning experience. You are not sitting in a classroom, but learning about the course topic with the destination as your classroom.
  • May-term course & travel

Who can participate?

You! Study Away programs are open to sophomores, juniors and seniors.  This program will admit approx.  12-16 students.

Registration & Application:

Please follow the below instructions to apply for a Study Away program.  Do not miss our application deadlines!


Selection will be conducted by the faculty leaders. Selection decisions are based upon the entire application packet: application, essay, references, GPA, student conduct, etc. In addition, faculty leaders look for a match between the student's goals and the goals of the programs.  The selection process varies by program, however applicants should be prepared for an interview as part of the acceptance process.

Special Considerations: 

Students must be able to walk comfortably for up to five miles a day.

Get More Information:

  • Program Information Meeting: Meetings will take place during Spring 2018 and early Fall 2018 (Watch Today@MC for information)
  • Talk to Faculty Leaders about the program you are interested in.


Tentative Timeline:

  • Application Available

    Friday, September 1

    Apply Online

    Application Deadline

    Monday, October 22 @ 12noon

    Application must be submitted by 12noon

    Interviews Begin

    Wednesday, October 3 – Friday, October 26

    All students will interview with the faculty leader(s) 

    Notification of Acceptance 

    Monday, November 5

    Via email before 5:00pm

    Confirmation of Acceptance Due

    November 12, Noon

    Confirmation of acceptance with $200 deposit due by 12noon

    Payment 1 Due

    Monday, December 10, Noon

    50% of Payment due (Full balance may be paid at this time) before 12noon.

    Final Payment Due

    February 1, Noon

    Remaining balance due

    Program Specific Pre-Departure Orientation


    As determined by faculty leaders.



This is a Fit. Green. Happy. program 

Study Away Application + $100 Fee  Due October 22

Deposit of $200 Fee with Confirmation of Acceptance:    Due November 12