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What is Race, Indigeneity & Migration (RIM)?

The RIM degree program focuses on the interdisciplinary and comparative study of the history, sociology, politics, culture, and economics of North American racial and ethnic groups, including African Americans, Indigenous/Native Americans, Latinx, and Asian Americans. 

What can I do with a Race, Indigeneity & Migration major?

Students successfully completing this major could enter graduate or professional school in law and public policy—fields in which there is a profound need for experts who understand how law and policy are shaped by race, citizenship and immigration status. Others can find immediate work as researchers in the public sector or as advocates in non-profit and private sector organizations that address social, economic and cultural issues. Others still can begin careers in the media industry as content producers who cover complex social problems. Finally, this major is ideally suited for students who wish to track the degree with teaching certification in secondary schools. Some of the largest public school districts in the United States, including those in Texas, are now offering Racial and Ethnic Studies courses in their secondary schools, and some states (California) are making such courses mandatory. There is a dearth of teachers who are trained to teach such courses, and this major is designed to address this labor shortage.

What are the requirements of the RIM major?

  • RIM 301 (Introduction to Race, Indigeneity, Migration)
  • 3 Hours Historical Foundations Gateway Course:
    • ADS 301 (African American Culture)
    • AAS 301 (Intro to Asian American Studies)
    • AMS 3150 (Intro to Native American Histories)
    • HIS 317L; Topic 8 (Intro to Native American Histories)
    • MAS 301 (Intro to Mexican American and Latina/o Studies)
    • WGS 303 (Intro to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer Studies)
    • WGS 305 (Intro to Women and Gender Studies) 
  • RIM 350 (Contemporary Issues in Race, Indigeneity & Migration)
  • 6 Semester Hours in one of the following tracks (consult list here)
    • a) Critical & Comparative Race
    • b) Migration and Refugee Flows
    • c) Indigeneity
    • d) Gender, Sexuality & Justice
    • e) Teaching Race, Indigeneity & Migration 
  • 3 hours of a 'tools' course (consult list here)
    • Examples: (PSY 317L; WGS 356; SOC 317M; SOC 317L)
  • 6 additional hours from any track 
  • RIM 378 (Capstone Course) 
  • 2022-2024 Undergraduate Catalogue Requirements 
  • 2020-2022 Undergraduate Catalogue Requirements

Printable degree plan (2022-2024 catalogue)-PDF Version 

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contact mohit.mehta@utexas.edu