Miami Dade College is a combined two- and four-year institution and the most diverse higher education institution in the United States. There are 167 nations and 63 languages represented in its student body. The college's eight campuses and outreach centers offer more than 300 distinct degree pathways including associate and baccalaureate degrees and career certificates. The college is the recipient of many top national awards including the Aspen Prize; President Obama awarded its former president the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Called "Democracy's College," Miami Dade College is also home to the Miami Book Fair, Miami Film Festival, the National Historic Landmark Miami Freedom Tower, the Tower Theater, Koubek Center Mansion and Gardens, the Lynn and Louis Wolfson Florida Moving Image Archives, the Museum of Art and Design, a sculpture park, and a large campus art gallery and theater system.
Miami Dade College offers an AA degree in anthropology to students preparing to transfer to other colleges and universities to complete their AA/BA studies; a four-year anthropology major degree program in association with Florida International University; and also offers anthropology courses to students in the college's two- and four-year programs, including pre-med; health; allied health; bachelor of science in nursing; criminal justice; and business and to students studying other social science subjects such as psychology, sociology, and economics. The college also offers 20 sociocultural anthropology students per year paid positions in Dr. Nesvet's anthropology lab; every sociocultural anthropology student completes community engaged fieldwork and an ethnographic writing project as part of the cultural anthropology course; and classes in medical anthropology, psychological anthropology, legal anthropology, and the anthropology of aging are under development. A growing program, Miami Dade College's sociocultural anthropology curriculum and related anthropology courses are at the forefront of anthropology's efforts to educate students equitably; bring recent and emerging anthropological knowledge to students and communities not traditionally exposed to anthropology education (though often subjects of anthropological knowledge); and train the next generation of academic anthropologists and scientist-practitioners in fields such as law, medicine and psychology that anthropology informs.