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Media reports of Central Americans crossing the southern U.S. border often refer to them as “migrants” — but many are in fact asylum seekers, fleeing persecution in their homelands of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. They often encounter immigration judges and policymakers who resist recognizing their claims. This course will explore the topic of U.S. asylum law through a focus on Central American asylum seekers. Students will analyze case studies of Central American populations frequently seen in Boston-area immigration practices, including victims of domestic and gang-related violence, unaccompanied children, ethnic minorities, and LGBTQ individuals. Students will be encouraged to critically examine how traditional definitions and interpretations within asylum law may or may not disadvantage Central Americans seeking protection.

A sample syllabus for the course may be found here: EXP 0010 Syllabus. Please note: Syllabus dates, content, and format are subject to change between now and the fall semester.

Basic Enrollment Requirements: Unofficial Transcript – High School Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, or progress towards a Bachelor’s Degree – 3.0 GPA

Instructor Approval: Not required

Remission Eligible: Yes; first day of term; all university policies apply

Refund Policy: For-Credit 3+ Weeks

Affiliated With:

School of Arts & Sciences