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.
Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. The subject matter of sociology ranges from the intimate family to religion, economy, and government; from divisions of race-ethnicity, gender-sexuality, and social class to social movements and collective protest; and from rural and urban transformations to environmental degradation and climate change. You will develop strong research and analytical skills, including social survey techniques, statistical sampling methods, social data analysis and computer-based mapping of social phenomena.
A Sociology Major in Global Studies equips students to comprehend and analyze social structures and relationships at every level from the personal to the global. Sociology majors will develop strong research and analytical skills, including social survey techniques, statistical sampling methods, social data analysis and computer-based mapping of social phenomena.
Sociology majors will be well prepared for a variety of positions in social service, education, health care, law or law enforcement, policy analysis, marketing, entrepreneurship, or non-profit administration.
Sociology Major requirements
A total of 120 credits are required for the Sociology Major, Global Studies BA.
Lower Division (recommended but not required, 3 credits)SYG 2000 – Introduction to Sociology
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)
SYA 4010 Sociological Theories
Methods (6 credit hours)
SYA 3300 Research Methods
SYA 3400 Introduction to Quantitative Social Research
Upper Division Department Electives (9 credit hours)
Two additional upper-division sociology (SYA/SYD/SYG/SYO/SYP) courses (6 credit hours)
One additional upper-division anthropology (ANT) course; or one additional upper-division geography (GEA/GEO) course (3 credit hours)
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 must meet the current university and degree-specific requirements to be admitted.
Please submit the following:
Online application $30 application fee.
Updated official transcripts
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
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Dr. Chris Girard, Associate Professor of Sociology
His interest in race and ethnicity has been expressed in a variety of research projects employing quantitative methods, such as ethnic differences in age and gender patterns of suicide, Cuban-American attitudes toward maintaining the U.S. embargo on trade with Cuba, challenging the hypothesis that the United States is a welfare magnet for immigrants, and shifts in the party affiliation of Cuban-Americans. He teaches undergraduate courses in Race and Ethnicity, Introduction to Sociology, and Marriage and the Family.
Dr. Guillermo Grenier, Professor of Sociology
He is an expert in labor studies, Latino/a immigration, ethic identity politics, and the Cuban Diaspora in Miami. His research examines the interplay of culture, institutions and ideology, asking how power operates in specific social environments—how people use it and how it shapes social life and individual behavior. His recent work is on the dynamic of ideology and identity in the Cuban-American (and Latino) populations of the United States. He teaches undergraduate courses in Globalization and Society and the Individual in Society.
Dr. Qing Lai, Associate Professor of Sociology
His research interests include Chinese Muslims, development, demography, and social stratification. His current work focuses on the Muslim population in China, analyzing census and survey data to examine Chinese Muslims’ population heterogeneity and their relations with the Han majority, the Chinese State, and the Islamic world. He is director of the department’s Certificate Program in Applied Social Science Research Methods, an excellent vehicle for gaining career-building skills. His undergraduate courses include Quantitative Social Research and Introduction to Sociology.
Dr. Katherine Lineberger, Associate Teaching Professor of Sociology
She is a specialist in online teaching methods. She has long experience in program and population analysis, including needs assessment, program planning and development, evaluation, community identification, and social epidemiology. She has conducted needs assessments, evaluations, and research projects regarding issues related to domestic violence, child protective agency policy, women and substance abuse, and risk in street-level sex work, among others. She teaches undergraduate courses in Sociology of Gender, Medical Sociology, and Societies in the World.
Dr. Vrushali Patil, Associate Professor of Sociology and Chair, Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies
Her research focuses on the intersections of race, sexuality, and gender; transnational and postcolonial gender and sexuality, global and transnational historical sociology, and critical media studies. She is very active in the American Sociological Association and Sociologists for Women in Society. Her undergraduate teaching includes Sociology of Gender, Sociological Theories, and Societies in the World.
120 Credits Required
$228.81 Per Credit Hour (In-State) + Fees
$345.87 Per Credit Hour (Out-of-State) + Fees
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