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Degree Title

Bachelor of Arts

Fall 2024 Start Date:

August 26, 2024

Spring 2025 Start Date:

January 6, 2025


Global Studies is the interdisciplinary study of the interconnections among cultural, political, economic, and ecological dimensions of social life in an age of globalization. The curriculum provides rigorous theoretical and methodological training in social science appropriate to the changing global workforce of the 21st century.

Anthropology examines human experience broadly from our evolution as a species to our contemporary lives around the world. The Anthropology major focuses on understanding the diversity of human experience in the contemporary world. It explores how and why peoples live and understand our world differently; we vary in our views of and relationship to the environment, health, spirituality, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and more. These differences stem from and reproduce discrimination, intolerance, and conflict.

  • Why Apply?

    With the influence of technology and enhanced connectivity worldwide, language and communication have evolved to reshape the way people live and interact. Today’s global market and international workforce demands an understanding of cultural diversity, gender issues, ethnicity, and social practices and trends, among others. Knowing how to address diverse audiences and analyze social phenomenon is critical to the success of organizations that operate in multicultural settings. The anthropology major in global studies prepares students with the skills and keen insights needed to thrive in this environment.

    Career Opportunities

    Students majoring in anthropology, global studies enter careers in education, public policy and government, cultural resource management/museums, public health and medicine, human rights, international organizations, business and other fields where understanding of the diversity of people’s cultural backgrounds is critical to meeting their needs and solving complex problems.

  • Courses

    Anthropology Major requirements

    A total of 120 credits are required for the Anthropology Major, Global Studies BA.

    Lower Division (recommended but not required, 3 credits)

    ANT 2000 – Introduction to Anthropology

    Required Upper division Courses (21 credit hours)

    Introduction to Major (3 credit hours)

    IDS 3315 – Gaining Global Perspectives

    Core Courses (9 credit hours)

    ANT 3212 – World Ethnographies

    GEO 3001– Geography of Global Change

    SYP 3456– Societies in the World

    Theory (3 credit hours)

    ANT 3034 Anthropological Theories

    Methods (6 credit hours)

    SYA 3300 Research Methods

    ANT 3497 Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods

    Upper Division Department Electives (9 credits)

    Two additional upper-division anthropology (ANT) courses (6 credit hours)

    One additional upper-division geography (GEA/GEO) course; or one additional upper-division sociology (SYA/SYD/SYG/SYO/SYP) course (3 credit hours)

  • Requirements

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

    Applications are accepted for Spring, Fall and Summer terms.


    First Year Students

    Please submit the following:

    • Online application.

    • $30 application fee.

    • Official SAT, ACT and/or CLT 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, ACT and/or CLT scores in addition to any transcripts from postsecondary schools to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.


    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.


    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


    University Requirements:

    • Lower division university core requirements or (for transfer students) general education requirements

    • A minimum of 120 credits hours

    • The final 30 credits must be taken at FIU (with exceptions requiring the approval of the Dean’s office)

    • GPA 2.0 or higher

    College of Arts, Sciences & Education Requirements

    • A minimum of 48 credit hours of upper division courses

    • A minimum of 9 credit hours of upper division courses outside the Department of GSS

    • A grade of “C” or higher in each major course

    • Foreign language

  • Tuition

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  • Top Faculty

    Dr. Aslihan Akkaya, Associate Teaching Professor of Anthropology
    Her research interests lie at the intersection of anthropology of ethics, anthropology of religion, anthropology of the contemporary, and anthropology of media. Her recent work examines the rhetorical, political, and geographical displacement of certain groups in Turkey and how some Turkish citizens came up with the decision to flee their homeland for an imagined better life elsewhere. She greatly enjoys teaching and touching student’s lives in transformative ways. Her teaching philosophy can be summarized by the following quote from Socrates: “I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.” She adopts several teaching methods and techniques in her classes to create a very interactive classroom and foster critical thinking skills. Prof. Akkays is also an affiliated faculty member in Middle East Studies and Muslim World Studies at FIU.

    Dr. Juliet Erazo, Associate Professor of Anthropology
    Her research examines the history of indigenous organizing in the Ecuadorian Amazon. She looks at how it has been influenced by changing international development priorities (such as increasing exports of beef and petroleum, biodiversity protection, and involving women in development), other social movements, and the changing economic priorities and policies of the Ecuadorian government. She is particularly interested in indigenous leaders and how they are working to shift the desires, aspirations, property regimes, and land use practices of their constituents. She teaches undergraduate courses in Environmental Anthropology and World Ethnographies, where students learn how anthropological research is done and how ethnographic methods differ from other types of research.

    Dr. Sarah Mahler, Associate Professor of Anthropology
    Her research and publications have focused primarily on Latin American and Caribbean migration to the United States and the development of transnational ties between migrants and their home communities, particularly how transnational ties inflect gender identities and relations. She has also participated in a variety of research projects and on (im)migrants and their religious practices and ties to their homelands, (im)migrants’ political activities, faith-based and secular substance abuse programs, Central American development, and, most recently, intra-Hispanic relations in Miami. She teaches Research Methods, believing that with a sound footing in research methods and theory students can study any social phenomenon effectively and develop valuable career skills, and Introduction to Anthropology, her favorite course because she enjoys expanding students’ cultural comforts in ways that are fun, meaningful and, hopefully, lifelong.

    Dr. Jean Muteba Rahier, Professor of Anthropology
    His research interests include: 1) Multiculturalism, ethnoracial law, Afrodescendants’ human rights, and the courts in Latin America; 2) The memorialization of the slave trade in West Africa; and 3) Inter-racial intimacy in the Belgian Congo. From 2008-20016 he served as director of FIU’s African & African Diaspora Studies Program, and currently is director of the Observatory of Justice for Afrodescendants in Latin America. He has organized and directed study abroad programs in Senegal and The Gambia. Among the courses he regularly teaches is Myth, Rituals and Mysticism, which considers how symbols related to the supernatural world are created and structured; how they draw on and give meaning to different domains of the human world; how they are woven into politics, family life, and the life cycle; and how we can interpret them.

    Dennis Wiedman, Clinical Professor of Anthropology
    His research interests include medical anthropology, North American Indians, organizational culture, applied anthropology, environmental anthropology and ethnohistorical research methods. His fieldwork extends from the Miccosukee of South Florida, to the Delaware, Apache, and Cherokee of Oklahoma, and to the Inupiat of northern Alaska. He is the founder and former advisor to the Global Indigenous Forum at FIU, which works to bring global indigenous issues, voices and awareness to the FIU community through activities and academic programs,. He teaches undergraduate courses in Anthropological Theories, Research Methods, American Indian Ethnology, Native American Religions, Anthropology through Film, and Medical Anthropology.

120 Credits Required

235.57 Per Credit Hour (In-State) + Fees

648.87 Per Credit Hour (Out-of-State) + Fees

* Total tuition and fees are subject to change.


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