Frequently Asked Questions
What will I learn, and what citizenship and career skills will I gain?
- You'll learn to apply theoretical perspectives and research methods to understand how cultures, societies, and territories/places shape the world's issues, problems, and prospects.
- You'll learn to think conceptually in terms of theoretical perspectives: What aspects of cultures, societies, and territories/places are most important and why? How do they fit together to shape the world's issues, problems, and prospects?
- You'll learn to link theoretical perspectives with research methods—for example, surveys, ethnographies, computer-based mapping programs, and ways to evaluate policy programs. You'll thereby learn to conceptualize, collect, and analyze diverse kinds of data.
- You'll learn to express yourself effectively in both written and oral communication.
- You'll learn to work independently as well as part of a team.
- We are a core department in the Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs, whose opportunities provide further preparation for career, community, and life in a globalizing world.
How do I declare (or change) a major, a double major, or a minor?
- For assistance, please attend Drop-in Advising. Drop-in Advising allows students to access an advisor for 10-minute advising sessions on a first-come, first-serve basis. For dates, times, and instructions, please see https://sipa.fiu.edu/academics/advising/
If you have a GSS second major or minor, please attend Drop-in Advising. Drop-in Advising allows students to access an advisor for 10-minute advising sessions on a first-come, first-serve basis. For dates, times, and instructions, please see https://sipa.fiu.edu/academics/advising/.
- Please be sure that the staff obtains and lists your email address on the Department's undergraduate student listserv; and your preferred personal email.
- Don't forget to obtain information about membership in the following: the Department's GSS Undergraduate Studies Club; Alpha Kappa Delta International Honor Society (for Sociology track majors); Lambda Alpha National Honor Society (for Anthropology track majors), Gamma Theta Upsilon Honor Society (for Geography majors),and Phi Beta Kappa National Honors Society (for students in all FIU majors).
- The Department will assign you a faculty advisor, who will orient you to the GSS programs and associated opportunities.
- From that point onward, your principal advising contact will be with your faculty advisor. Faculty office locations, office hours, and email addresses are listed on the Department's website under People/Faculty.
How can I meet with an advisor?
- To schedule an appointment as a current GSS-major student, please follow the instructions under the "Schedule an Appointment" section of this page: https://acs.fiu.edu/online-tools/panther-success-network/tutorials/index.html.