The 2023-2024 AnthroGuide is the last print version. Edits for graduate programs are due July 31, 2023.

General Description / Special Programs

Welcome to the Department of Global & Sociocultural Studies. GSS provides a unique opportunity to integrate the disciplinary approaches of anthropology, geography, and sociology with cross-disciplinary theorizing and research.

Our BA, MA, and Ph.D. programs focus on three overlapping themes:

  • Identities and Inequalities
  • Migrations and Diasporas
  • Nature-Society

Utilizing comparative, transnational, diasporic, and global perspectives, GSS pursues research on these themes through a variety of theoretical approaches and by utilizing qualitative, quantitative, and applied research methods. The program’s research and teaching themes reflect and resonate with FIU’s location in one of the world’s most dynamic regions: the greater metropolitan area of Miami—a hemispheric crossroads of sociocultural, political, economic, and environmental forces bridging the United States with the Caribbean and Latin America, the Atlantic region, and the world at large.

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Degrees Offered Global & Sociocultural Studies PhD, MA; Global Studies BA with tracks in Anthropology, Sociology, Geography and Interdisciplinary & Area Studies
Highest Degree Offered PhD
Certificate Field Areas
BA/BS Field Areas
Cultural Anthropology
BA/BS Requirements
120 credit hours
MA/MS Field Areas
Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
MA/ MS Requirements 36 credit hours of course work.
PhD Field Areas
Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
Phd Requirements 75 credit hours including a minimum 24 hours of dissertation. In addition to the common core curriculum, students choose a track in either sociocultural anthropology, human geography, or comparative sociology.
Phd Specializations Sociocultural Anthropology, Human Geography, Comparative Sociology
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 0
Internship Required 0
Support Opportunities

Graduate teaching assistantships with an annualized stipend of $20,859.08, tuition and out-of-state fee waivers. FIU Presidential Fellowship with an annualized stipend of $25,000. Also available are Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research on the Caribbean; McKnight Doctoral Fellowships; FIU Presidential Enhanced Assistantships; FIU Dissertation Year Fellowships (DYF); FIU Doctoral Evidence Acquisition (DEA) Fellowships.

Program Details
Research Facilities

GIS/data analysis lab and two language labs. The Latin American Collection, the Cuban Research Institute, the Center for Labor Research and Studies, the African & African Diaspora Studies Program, the Center for Women's and Gender Studies, and the Asian Studies Program.

Certs Offered 1
Employees25 to 100
Online Courses
Online Courses: 1
Online Course Info:

Many undergraduate offerings.

Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: The Global & Sociocultural Studies Undergraduate Student Club, and the Sociology, Anthropology, & Geography Graduate Student Association (SAGGSA)
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 1