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Bachelor of Arts

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May 10


Global studies is the interdisciplinary study of the interconnectedness of political, economic, legal, ecological and cultural dimensions of social life in an age of globalization. The interdisciplinary nature of the BA in Global Studies degree program teaches students to make connections between subject areas. Within the global studies program, students are instructed on the influence of politics and its interaction with economics, law, culture, history and the environment. Global studies is focused on the study of the processes of globalization as they relate to all elements of our social lives: intercontinental politics, the global economy, international law, market relations, the movement of people and resources, global communications, the effect of human activity on the environment, and many more topics. Global studies is often used to map global change and is both micro and macro in scope. It is the social science of the future as it examines the social forces creating the present.

The BA in Global Studies is an innovative degree that takes advantage of the tri-disciplinary characteristics of the department of Global and Sociocultural Studies (GSS) and the international strength of the seven other departments in the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs. The degree offers students a truly integrated program with rigorous theoretical and methodological training appropriate to the changing workforce of the 21st century.

The program offers students the opportunity to specialize in four critical areas of social science, including 1) Culture, societies, and identities; 2) Social movements, security and conflict; 3) Global health and environment; and 4) Global markets, resources and development. Students will have an opportunity to focus on Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East and Central Asia, or Europe and Eurasia.

  • Why Apply?

    • Do you want to understand the social forces that shape you and the world that you live in?
    • Do you think “outside the box?” 
    • Do you want to explore how culture, politics, health care, environmental dynamics, economics, social policy and history are interconnected?
    • Do you want to pursue a career that requires an understanding of how and why the world is changing?


    The BA in Global Studies program is designed to fully prepare students for careers that require applied and/or theoretical knowledge of the processes driving globalization. Knowledge of the cultural, political, economic, and environmental dimensions of globalization, coupled with skills in social science research methods and theory, is increasingly critical for many careers. The reality of the current job market is that many careers require flexibility in perspective, knowledge in multiple areas, and a broad and varied skill set. In recognition of these needs, the BA in Global Studies offers students the tools needed to prepare for the reality of today’s global marketplace.

    The global studies program prepares students for a broad range of career paths in business, non-profits, government, education, the media, international organizations, international development agencies, and the U.S. Foreign Service. Global studies graduates will have many options for employment. Top jobs listed for global studies majors include teacher, humanitarian worker (NGO), international lawyer, foreign service officer, policy analyst, international business consultant, as well as graduate studies.

  • Courses

    Program Completion Requirements

    A total of 120 credits are required for the Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies. Students must complete all University Core Curriculum courses, and General Science Requirements (common prerequisites). Students must earn a grade of "C" or higher in all courses required for the major. A grade of "C-" or lower is NOT acceptable in any required course.

    In addition to the above requirements, students pursuing a BA in Global Studies must complete the following:

    Total Degree Requirements: 120 credit hours
    Minimum of 48 upper division credits
    Major Requirements: 39 hours plus 21 electives: 60 credit hours

    • 3 hours Introduction to Major
    • 6 hours Core Courses
    • 3 hours Theory
    • 3 hours Methods
    • 9 hours Upper Division Thematic Electives
    • 9 hours Upper Division Area Studies Electives
    • 6 hours Other Upper Division Electives


    Degree Requirements (39 credit hours)

    Intro to Major (3 credit hours)

    ANT 2000: Introduction to Anthropology – GL 1 (3)

    GEA 2000: World Regional Geography – GL (3)

    SYG 2000: Introduction to Sociology – GL (3)

    Core Courses (6 credit hours)

    IDS 3315: Gaining Global Perspectives – GL (3)

    SYP 4454: Globalization and Society – GL (3)

    Theory (3 credit hours)

    ANT 3034: Anthropological Theories (3) 

    GEO 3421: Cultural Geography (3) 

    GEO 3471: Political Geography (3) 

    GEO 3001: Geography of Global Change – GL (3)

    GEO 3502: Economic Geography – GL (3)

    SYA 4010: Sociological Theories (3)

    *Or any -other GSS-adviser-approved theory course offered by the Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies or in another department

    Methods Requirements (3 credit hours)

    SYA 3300: Research Methods (3)

    ANT 3497: Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods (3)

    SYA 3400: Introduction to Quantitative Social Research (3)

    GIS 3048: Applications of Geographic Information Systems (3)

    SYA 4352: GIS and Social Research (3)

    *Or any other adviser-approved research methods course in the Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies or in another department.

    Global Learning designated courses.  FIU’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP 2010) places a two-course GL requirement for all undergraduate students.

    Upper Division Thematic Electives (9 credit hours from one the following categories) 

    Culture, Societies, Identities*

    Social Movements, Security and Conflict*

    Global Health and Environment*

    Global Markets, Resources and Development*

    *Or any -other GSS-adviser-approved course offered by the Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies or in another department which covers the major themes.

    Upper Division Area Studies Elective (9 hours: 3000 or higher)

    Three courses substantially grounded in a world area, exemplifying the transnational issues explored in the chosen theme. The world areas are:

    • Africa
    • Asia
    • Latin America
    • Middle East and Central Asia
    • Europe and Eurasia

    Additional Degree Electives (6 hours 3000 level or higher)

    We strongly recommend that students take one of our two internship courses: SYA 3949 Internship; GEO 4940 Internship. 

    We strongly recommend complementing the major requirements with electives leading to certificates and/or second majors in Social Science Research Methods, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Asian Studies, African and African Diaspora Studies and Global Security Policy or a double major in Global Studies and Soc/Anth or Geography.

    Necessary credits to fulfill the SIPA modern language requirements can be taken using the Additional Electives available for the degree. The School's requirement is a competency requirement, not a credits requirement. That is to say the student must demonstrate competency at or exceeding that of a second semester college level foreign language course. Proficiency is demonstrated by scoring at least ‘intermediate-high’ on the ACTFL/ETS exam for Spanish, Portuguese, or French. For other languages, corresponding tests of proficiency and levels of achievement will be required. This proficiency can be met by receiving credit for the second semester of a foreign language or higher (e.g., SPN 1131 or higher) with a C minimum grade 


  • Requirements

    To ensure every student’s success, we have certain admissions requirements for our program. To help you through the application process, our enrollment advisors can help to answer your questions and guide you every step of the way.

    Applications are accepted for Spring, Fall and Summer terms.

    Steps to Apply

    First Year Students

    Please submit the following:

    • Online application
    • $30 application fee.
    • Official SAT or ACT scores.
    • Official high school transcripts.

    Transfer Students

    Please submit the following:

    • Online application
    • $30 application fee.
    • Official college transcripts.
    • If you have less than 60 transferable college credits, you must also submit official high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores in addition to any transcripts from postsecondary schools to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.


    Returning Students

    Returning students must meet the current university and degree-specific requirements to be admitted. FIU has policies for students who left FIU, please click here for more details.

       Please submit the following:

    • Online application
    • $30 application fee
    • Updated official transcripts

    International Students

    In addition to the above requirements, international applicants should submit:

    • Official English Language Proficiency exam scores (TOEFL or IELTS).
    • Official translations of any transcripts, if not in English.
    • If you have less than 60 transferrable college credits, you must also submit official high school transcripts with translation.


    Program Admission Requirements

    Candidates must first be accepted into the university. Students admitted to Florida International University are admitted directly to their chosen major.

    Program Completion Requirements

    A total of 120 credits are required to complete the fully online undergraduate degree. Students must complete the   University Core Curriculum,   University requirements  and   College of Arts, Sciences & Education requirements while satisfying requirements toward their Asian Studies major and are expected to make good progress based on critical indicators, such as GPA in specific courses or credits earned. In cases where students are not making good progress, a change of major may be required.  In cases where students are not making good progress, a change of major may be required. Advisors work to redirect students to more appropriate majors when critical indicators are not met. For specific course requirements, visit the Courses tab on this program page.

    Admission Documents

    To complete the online undergraduate programs admissions form, select your program from the   application form. You may complete the online application and submit it, even before taking any entrance exams.   All supporting admission documents may be sent to:

    Florida International University
    Office of Undergraduate Admissions

    P.O. Box 659003

    Miami, FL 33265-9003


    FIU also accepts transcripts electronically via:

    • Faster (All FL public institutions)

    • Naviance (Typically used by private high schools)

    • SMART/Joint Service Transcript – Military records

    *Meeting the university minimum requirements does not guarantee admission

  • Tuition

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  • Top Faculty

    The global studies faculty provides learners with a unique opportunity to integrate the disciplinary approaches of anthropology, geography, and sociology with cross-disciplinary theorizing and research. With a wide range of backgrounds and areas of expertise, our instructors are well-respected, published researchers who specialize in various areas.

120 Credits Required

$228.81 Per Credit Hour (In-State) + Fees

$345.87 Per Credit Hour (Out-of-State) + Fees



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