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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.

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.

  • Why Apply?

    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.

    Career Opportunities

    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.

  • Courses

    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)

  • 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

    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. 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

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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  • Every online undergraduate student is paired with a success coach
  • Learn in-demand analysis and research skills
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