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 and 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 our university’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.
The program’s inclusion within the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) affords students a wealth of research and associated opportunities through FIU’s Latin American and Caribbean Center; Program in African and African Diaspora Studies; Institute for Asian Studies; European Union Center; and Center for Labor Research and Studies, to name just a few. GSS collaborates with its partner departments within SIPA and the School of Environment and Society (SEAS). It also maintains close relationships with programs such as Women’s Studies; the departments of History and Psychology; the Stempel School of Public Health; and the College of Medicine.
For further information about GSS’s programs, activities, and community, please go to our website and visit the section of the department’s Undergraduate Programs and Graduate Programs. In addition, we cordially invite you to inquire about us by contacting our department chair, program directors, and the presidents of our student associations.
As an interdisciplinary department that combines Anthropology, Human Geography and Sociology, we are proud to offer both a PhD and MA in Global and Sociocultural Studies. Our department's faculty and graduate students specialize in research on three core, interlocking themes:
- Identities and Inequalities
- Migrations and Diasporas
Both the MA and PhD programs draw on the strength of our faculty members' interdisciplinary commonalities, while also allowing students to gain a strong foundation in either Anthropology, Geography, or Sociology.
MA and PhD Requirements
Both PhD and MA students complete a set of interdisciplinary core courses, while PhD students concentrate their remaining course work in one of three majors: Anthropology, Geography, or Sociology. This disciplinary major appears on the degree earned.
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Last updated September 28, 2017