America is often described as a nation of immigrants. Immigrants and their American-born children now represent over one-quarter of the US population, and children or youth living in immigrant families represent the fastest growing group of American children. This course is specifically focused on what is called the “new” second generation—the over 20 million American-born or raised (youth and adult) children of post-1965 immigrants—and highlights intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, and religion for these new Americans. In light of growing concerns about the rescinding of DACA, immigration travel bans, and the rise of the religious “nones,” this course provides theoretical and empirical foundations for understanding how today’s second generation is shaping a new America. To do so, we will explore second generation identities and faith trajectories and analyze nuanced views on assimilation and incorporation, transnational family ties, intergenerational relations, language, and religious, racial, ethnic, and gender identities covering a broad range of immigrant and second generation populations. Intended to have practical relevance, students will engage with changing demographic characteristics and social, economic, and cultural contexts that require new thinking and paradigms for chaplains and faith community leaders.
If you are not enrolled in a degree program but wish to register for this course, use the Online Registration for Special Students and Auditors.