BA in Global Studies- Sociology Major

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. Majoring in sociology is an excellent pathway to a career in social service, education, health care, law or law enforcement, policy analysis, marketing, entrepreneurship, or non-profit administration.

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

Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs Requirements

  • A minimum of 48 credit hours of upper division courses
  • A grade of “C” or higher in each major course
  • Foreign language: equivalent of the second semester of a first-year course sequence.

Major Requirements (30 credit hours) 

Introduction to Major3 credits
Program Core Courses9 credits
Theory 3 credits
Methods6 credits
Disciplinary Upper Division Electives6 credits
Other Upper Division Electives3 credits

Course Requirements

Intro to Major (3 credit hours) 

  • IDS 3315 Gaining Global Perspectives- GL (3)

Core Courses (9 credit hours) 

  • ANT 3212 World Ethnographies- GL (3)
  • GEO 3001 Geography of Global Change- GL (3)
  • SYP 3456 Societies in the World- GL (3)

Theory (3 credit hours) 

  • SYA 4010 Sociological Theories (3)

Methods (6 credit hours) 

  • SYA 3300 Research Methods (3)
  • SYA 3400 Introduction to Quantitative Social Research (3)

Disciplinary Upper Division Electives (6 credit hours) 

Two additional upper-division sociology courses (SYA/SYD/SYG/SYO/SYP)

Other Upper Division Electives (3 credit hours) 

One additional upper-division anthropology (ANT) course; or one additional upper-division geography course (GEA/GEO)