Program Overview

The Migration Policy and Advocacy Fellows program is a flexible 15-credit academic program for selected students interested in immersing themselves in the complex issues of migration right here in Northern Virginia. This semester-long undergraduate program is based at Mason Arlington campus and combines classroom , online, and experiential learning to explore the cultural, political, economic, and linguistic dimensions of the migrant's experience.

Migration Policy and Advocacy Fellows will make up a small cohort of 15-20 students all interested in the complex challenges of understanding the migrant experience through an interdisciplinary lens. The smaller classes allow for more student discussion and an opportunity to work closely with faculty and fellow students.

This program offers the unique opportunity to learn about migration policy and advocacy in both Spanish and English. Students will engage in Spanish language  learning at  intermediate level SPAN 212  (equivalent to SPAN 202) and advanced level  (SPAN 335) through the topic of Migration and Social Justice. Additionally, students can choose whether to take their internship in Spanish (SPAN 490). Students interning a predominantly English speaking environment can register for non-Spanish credit.  Please note that other coursework is taught in English. Students may opt to do an independent study (research project) in Spanish. 

Program Overview