Critical & Creative Thinking, MA (International Migration, Development & Citizenship)

Master of Arts Degree in Critical and Creative Thinking with a Concentration in International Migration, Development and Citizenship

University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Fully Online
  • 30
  • $375.00
  • $617.00

Program Overview

In the online Critical & Creative Thinking, MA (MA CCT) with a concentration in International Migration, Development & Citizenship program, students will examine the interconnection among local and global forces that shape the emergence of migration and refugee movements across national borders.

Most generally, this concentration considers the factors shaping cultures and practices of inclusion and exclusion and the impact of both on second and subsequent generations. 

Through coursework, students will: 

  • Consider the systemic impacts that migration and refugee movements have on the economic and human development of nations and communities of origin as well as destination
  • Examine multiple depictions, in non-fiction and fiction, of the construction of borderlands and of the causes and consequences of migration and displacement- particularly with regard to the United States, this concentration will promote critical analysis of migrants unequal access to political and other societal institutions
  • Study the socio-economic, spatial, linguistic and cultural citizenship hierarchies that often result from inequities

In each course, students will explore the cultural creations, religious practices, political responses and different types of capitals (human, cultural and social) associated with past and present immigrant waves. Special attention is paid to the historical, intellectual and social roots and consequences of immigration policies at the global, national and local levels. 

Students completing this program must complete 30 credit hours, including the following requirements: 

  • Introduction to Critical and Creative Thinking
  • 12 credit hours chosen from a primary concentration
  • An additional 12 credit hours chosen through an array of electives from outside the primary concentration or from a secondary MA CCT concentration
  • A graduate project

More about the graduate project:

The graduate project for the MA CCT degree is intended to represent the culmination of a student's work within the program. Students propose and produce an independent creative project under the guidance of a faculty adviser drawing on their experiences throughout the program of study. The project may take one of a variety of forms. Examples include (but are not limited to), a formal research paper, development of a mobile app, production of a film or development of a project or program to be implemented in the student's community or place of employment.

More about the Master of Arts in Critical and Creative Thinking (MA CCT):

The Master of Arts in Critical & Creative Thinking (MA CCT) embodies the College of Arts & Sciences' ongoing commitment to personal enrichment as well as to the practical application of analytical skills and knowledge in a diverse array of both for-profit and nonprofit professional environments. This interdisciplinary degree provides a unique opportunity to pursue both breadth and depth within the rich and diverse landscape of the liberal arts and sciences. Students pursuing this degree will enhance their career potential by developing advanced skills and abilities necessary for critical thinking, creativity and leadership. 

The online Master of Arts in Critical and Creative Thinking offers six concentrations including: 

  • Cultural & Global Analysis
  • Ethics & Values
  • Health & the Environment
  • International Migration, Development & Citizenship
  • Organizational Science & Leadership
  • Writing & Critical Reflection

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

    Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution

  2. 3 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. No GRE is required for this master's degree program.

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

Courses You’ll Take

Course Information

Students must complete 30 credit hours, including the following requirements: Introduction to Critical and Creative Thinking (3 credit hours), 12 credit hours chosen from a primary concentration, an additional 12 credit hours either chosen through an array of electives from outside the primary concentration or from a secondary concentration and a Graduate Project (3 credit hours).

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CACT 8090Graduate Project3
The Graduate Project is an applied student project under the direction of a faculty adviser. In the project, the student will apply interdisciplinary knowledge and skills gained within the program to address a problem or to expand knowledge within or across disciplines. The product or artifact produced by the student may take a variety of forms.
CACT 8400A History of American Immigration Policies and Laws3
This seminar will examine the evolution of American immigration policies and laws from the colonial period to the present day. Where appropriate, the course will examine American immigration laws in a comparative context. It will pay particular attention to how state policies create and/or sustain inclusionary or exclusionary practices for members of different racial, ethnic, religious, or gender groups in American society.
CACT 8420Mexico and the U.S. Borderlands: Two Histories, One Destiny3
Exploration of U.S.-Mexico Borderlands history and its pathways to current developments. It reviews borderland encounters, miscegenation, and wars between Indigenous groups, Europeans, North Americans, and Mexicans. It looks at the history of the drafting of the imaginary U.S.-Mexico borderline and follows its development until the construction of a wall to separate an undividable socio-cultural space. The course integrates a comparative conceptual approach to empires, nation-building, territorial expansion, identity formation, code-mixed English-Spanish uses, and state sovereignty.
CACT 8410Immigration, Migration and Diaspora: Critical Approaches and Theories of Movement in Literature3
This seminar in literature and some film analyzes the depictions in non-fiction and fiction of displacement as a result of immigration, migration, refugee status, or any other considered movement, intentional or imposed. It will focus largely on the U.S. experiences of those displaced from all locales.
CACT 8416Literature/Culture: Central America and the Caribbean 1898-20003
Literature/ Culture: Central America and the Caribbean 1898- 2000” studies major historical and socio-cultural events in Latin American history in the 20th century, through their articulation in literary texts, film, and other cultural expressions from Central America and the Hispanic Caribbean.
CACT 8430International Migration, Development and Citizenship3
The course allows students to gain an understanding of the forces driving contemporary world migration, the policies and practices of development expelling or attracting migrants from and to different parts of the world, and migrants’ relative success in their quest for belonging and citizenship in their host communities. This course supports the International Migration, Development and Citizenship concentration in the Master of Arts in Critical and Creative Thinking.
CACT 8000Introduction to Critical & Creative Thinking3
This course is the foundational introductory course for the Master of Arts in Critical and Creative Thinking program (MA CCT). It focuses on the development of students’ skills as critical thinkers and creative problem solvers as well as the cultivation of students’ capacity to recognize and leverage tools, resources, and ideas towards finding innovative solutions to everyday problems.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

Ramon Guerra, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Ramon Guerra's research and teaching areas include Chicano/a and Latino/a literature, postmodernism and 20th and 21st Century American literature, among others. His publications include Testimonio of 'When I Left and When I Arrived': The Mexican Revolution Era Immigrant in the Midwest, Mexican Americans Encounter the American Dream: George Washington Gomez and Teaching 'Story' as a Component of Fiction in Cisneros's Caramelo.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterJul 15
  • Spring SemesterNov 01
  • Summer SessionsMar 01