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Degree Title

Bachelor of Arts

Apply by:

Dec. 01

To begin:

May 10


FIU Online's BA in Sociology/Anthropology offers a sociology track, which is the scientific study of social life. Sociologists confront real world problems that impact social life, such as urban blight, gentrification, growth of mobile technologies and corporate downsizing. Through this fully online degree, students learn from world-class research faculty, study a range of contemporary social issues, and develop strong research and analytical skills, including social survey techniques, social statistical sampling methods, social data analysis and computer-based mapping of social phenomena. For students who want to help shape positive social change and gain a global perspective, this bachelor's degree will provide valuable career skills in diversity and insight into social issues and institutions.

With FIU Online, you can learn anywhere, anytime. Our interactive technology enables you to watch lectures, get real-time feedback from your instructors, and collaborate with classmates on projects. Plus, we provide you with a personal success coach who will provide you with one-on-one guidance every step of the way.

  • Why Apply?

    Our sociology graduates will be prepared for a variety of positions in market analysis, research, policy development, human resources, politics, journalism, law, education, social work, non-profit organizations, counseling and health care administration. Many find employment as organizers in community-based organizations, K-12 teaching, and analyzing social trends for private businesses, government, and non-profits. For those graduates who pursue a career in social services, typical job titles include domestic violence victim advocate, residential crisis counselor or court case manager. Other sociology graduates may apply their research and analysis skills in a variety of positions that include social media/marketing analyst, financial analyst or social science researcher.

    Wages and Employment Trends for Sociology Graduates

    According to a salary survey conducted by National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), the average starting salary for sociology majors who graduated in 2013 was $37,000, a 10.8 increase from the previous year. The American Sociology Association surveyed a national cohort of 2012 sociology graduates and found that overall job satisfaction was high, with four out of five graduates reporting that they were were happy with their position. In addition, more than half of the respondents agreed that the concepts and skills that they learned as undergraduates were helpful to them in their job. Some of the most important skills in their sociological toolkit included sensitivity to diversity in the workplace, working in teams, data analysis and research design.

  • Courses

    Sociology Track requirements

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

    Lower Division (3 credits)

    • SYG 2000 – Introduction to Sociology

    Core Courses (15 credits)

    • SYP 3456 – Societies in the World

    • SYA 3300 – Research Methods

    • SYA 4010 – Sociological Theories

    • SYA 4011 – Social Theory

    • SYA 3400 - Introduction to Quantitative Social Research

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

    • Two additional sociology courses

    • One anthropology course

    • One geography course (GEO 3510, Earth Resources, offered by the Department of Earth & Environment, is a natural sciences course that should not be taken to fulfill this requirement.)

    Other Electives (30 credits)

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

  • 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
  • Program Starts: Fall, Spring and Summer
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