BA in Global Studies - Anthropology 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.


Anthropology examines human experience broadly from our evolution as a species to our contemporary lives around the world. The Anthropology major focuses on understanding the diversity of human experience in the contemporary world. It explores how and why peoples live and understand our world differently; we vary in our views of and relationship to the environment, health, spirituality, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and more. These differences stem from and reproduce discrimination, intolerance, and conflict. Students majoring in anthropology enter careers in education, public policy and government, cultural resource management/museums, public health and medicine, human rights, international organizations, business and other fields where understanding of the diversity of people's cultural backgrounds is critical to meeting their needs and solving complex problems.

University Requirements

  • Lower division university core requirements or (for transfer students) general education requirements
  • CLAS 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

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 a second semester sequence foreign language course or one more advanced. (with a minimum grade of C)

Major Requirements (30 Credits)

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) 

  • ANT 3034 Anthropological Theories (3) 

Methods (6 credit hours) 

  • SYA 3300 Research Methods (3) 
  • ANT 3497 Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods (3) 

Disciplinary Upper Division Electives (6 credit hours) 

Two additional upper-division anthropology courses (ANT) 

Other Upper Division Electives (3 credit hours) 

One additional upper-division geography (GEA/GEO) course; or one additional upper division sociology course (SYA/SYD/SYG/SYO/SYP)