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Degree Title

Bachelor of Arts

Apply by:

Dec. 01

To begin:

May 10


It is human nature to question our origins and culture. It is also human nature to analyze relationships and social structures. As long as people have lived, anthropologists have studied human beings, their characteristics, ancestry, physiology and evolution. At the same time, sociologists have studied human relationships in society and the interactions of organized groups. The Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology, with an Anthropology track allows students to concentrate in anthropology, so they may fully discover cultures and societies and their stories.

The anthropology track emphasizes cultural practices in particular places, such as the influence of language, how people organize, govern and create meaning. Students will obtain broad and valuable investigative skills to decode simple, traditional and non-industrialized societies and will be able to reconstruct past cultures based on archeological finds and data.

By pursuing this bachelor’s degree program, students will acquire a global perspective and valuable analytic skills including social survey techniques, ethnography, social statistical sampling methods, computerized social data analysis, and computer-based mapping of social phenomena. Graduates will gain a broad view and thorough understanding of our universal human experience past, present and future.

  • 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 that employees understand cultural diversity, gender issues, ethnicity and social practices and trends. Knowing how to address diverse audiences and analyze social phenomenon is critical to the success of organizations that operate in multicultural settings.

     FIU’s Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology with an Anthropology Track prepares students with the keen insight needed to drive organizations’ campaigns and make them more relevant and relatable to those they serve. Our faculty consists of thought leaders who share their contemporary proficiencies through strong core curriculum that will make graduates sought-after and well-positioned for a wide variety of careers.

    Career Opportunities

    Graduates of this bachelor’s degree program will be able to assess the needs of companies with a worldwide presence. International firms in public relations, advertising, journalism, government and planning, education, law, social services, research companies—these are just a few examples of the vast array of fields applicable to Sociology and Anthropology graduates.

    Our graduates have successfully secured positions as administrators, chief executives, educators, sociologists, anthropologists, historians, clergy, instructional coordinators, writers, government officials, and urban planning managers, to name a few.

  • Courses

    Anthropology Track requirements

    A total of 120 credits are required for the Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Anthropology: Anthropology Track.

    Lower Division (3 credits)

    • ANT 2000 – Introduction to Anthropology

    Core Courses (15 credits)

    • ANT 3212 – World Ethnography

    • SYA 3300 – Research Methods

    • ANT 3034 – Anthropological Theories

    • SYA 4011 – Social Theory

    • At least one of the following: ANT 3497-Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods, SYA 3400-Introduction to Quantitative Social Research;GIS 3048-Application of GIS;SYA 4352-GIS & Social Research, or any other adviser-approved research methods course in the Department of Global & Sociocultural Studies or in another department.

    Upper-Division Department Electives (12 credits; must be 3000-level or higher)

    • Two additional upper-division anthropology courses (ANT)

    • One upper-division geography course (GEA/GEO) - GEO 3510, Earth Resources, offered by the Department of Earth & Environment, is a natural sciences course that cannot be taken to fulfill this requirement.

    • One upper-division sociology course (SYA/SYD/SYG/SYO/SYP)

    Other Electives (30 credits)

    A minimum of 9 credits must be taken outside the Major. A minimum of 18 credits must be upper division (3000-level or higher).

    Option: Please consider applying the upper division major courses (required and elective) to a second major in Geography, a minor in Geography, or a certificate program.

  • 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.


    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

    • CLAST requirement

    • 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

    We’re thrilled that you’re considering online education and want you to know exactly what to expect for tuition and fees. Education is an investment in your future. Use the following student tuition and fees calculator to determine your costs.

  • Top Faculty

    Dr. Katherine Lineberger has over 20 years of experience in program and population analysis, regarding issues related to domestic violence, child protective agency policy, women and substance abuse, Ryan White funding, and risk in street-level sex work, among others. Dr. Lineberger has been an instructor at FIU since 2007, and In 2014, she won the FIU Adjunct Excellence in Teaching Award. She serves as Board Member of the Broward County Coalition to End Homelessness and is a member of the American Sociological Association, Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honor Society, and Sociologists for Women in Society.

    Dr. Guillermo Grenier is professor of sociology at FIU where he has taught for nearly 30 years. He is an expert in labor studies, Latino/a immigration, ethic identity politics, and the Cuban Diaspora in Miami. He is the author or co-author of numerous books, including most recently A History of Little Havana in 2014. He is often interviewed by national print and broadcast media for his insights on the ongoing social changes within Miami’s Cuban-American population. He has served as a consultant for Miami-Dade County, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and the American Center for International Labor Solidarity.

    Dr. Jean Muteba Rahier is professor of anthropology and Director of the African and African Diaspora Studies center at FIU. His wide-ranging interests include the Afro-Ecuadorian cultures of the Andes and social conditions in colonial-era Belgian Congo. Since joining FIU in 1998 he has taught nearly a dozen different courses and organized and directed FIU’s Study Abroad Program in Senegal and The Gambia. He has authored or co-authored five books and dozens of book chapters and journal articles. In 2014 he was award a prestigious FIU Faculty Research Award.

    Dr. Sarah Mahler is associate professor anthropology with teaching and research interests in Latin American and Caribbean migration to the United States and the transnational ties between migrants and their home communities. Her research has been funded by the European Union Commission, the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services, and the Pew Charitable Trusts. She has taught numerous courses since joining FIU in 1997 including Immigration & Refugees, Transnational Migration; The Immigrant Experience, Immigration Policy and Human Rights, and Research Methods.  She is the author or co-author of four books and many book chapters and journal articles.

    Dr. Dennis Wiedman has taught at FIU since 2003. He is clinical associate professor of anthropology with interests in medical anthropology, North American Indians, applied anthropology, and ethnohistorical research methods. A research specialty is the increase of diabetes and the metabolic syndrome accompanying globalization. He has served as the President of the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology, Executive Board member of the American Anthropological Association, and Treasurer of the Society for Applied Anthropology. He has taught over a dozen different courses including Sociology of Medicine and Sociology through Films.

120 Credits Required

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

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


  • Fully online degree

  • Every online undergraduate student is paired with a success coach

  • Average starting salary of $37,000
  • Learn in-demand analysis and research skills
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