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This program has been cancelled.

This course examines the history of immigration to the United States in various time periods and for various ethnicities/nationality.  It considers the causes of immigration, the social, cultural and economic adaptation of various groups, return migration, the significance of race and gender, the varied experience of different immigrant groups, the development of ethnic group identities, changing American policy and attitudes towards immigrants and ethnic groups, and the impact of immigration and ethnicity on American society and culture.

Course Description

This course examines Irish immigration to the US in the 19th and 20th centuries. It will allow students to learn about the push/pull factors in this migration from a unique perspective, as they will be in the country of origin. Irish scholars will lecture students on the push factor as well as Irish migration history and the course instructor will lecture students on the pull factor and the immigration and Americanization process, as well as the role of gender in these experiences.

Program Information

Course: WGS 168/HIS 165 – Coming to America: Gender, History and Irish Immigration to the US

Liberal Learning: Social Change and Historical Perspective; Gender; Global

Dates: July 15 – August 5, 2017

Program Director: Dr. Ann Marie Nicolosi, Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and History

Eligibility: No Pre-Requisites, Language Requirements, or GPA Restrictions – Open to all students (including current first-year students)

School of Education Majors: This course will satisfy your US History requirement as well as your Civic Responsibilities and Proficiencies of Gender and Global.

Summer 2017 Program Fee: $5,142.88 View budget sheet


  • Dublin Castle
  • Kilmainham Gaol
  • Guinness Storehouse
  • Megalithic Passage Tombe
  • Battle of Boyne Site
  • Titanic Belfast Museum
  • Ulster American Folk Park
  • Navan Centre and Fort in Armagh
  • And more!


Please contact the TCNJ Center for Global Engagement at, 609-771-2596.

For course specific questions, please contact Cecilia Colbeth at or Dr. Ann Marie Nicolosi at

Please review our refund, cancellation, and withdrawal policy statement should a student not be able to participate in the program.