Global and Sociocultural Studies Academic Department

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 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 programs research and teaching themes reflect and resonate with FIUs location in one of the worlds most dynamic regions: the greater metropolitan area of Miamia 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 programs inclusion within the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) affords students a wealth of research and associated opportunities through FIUs 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 Womens Studies; the departments of History and Psychology; the Stempel School of Public Health; and the College of Medicine. For further information about GSSs programs, activities, and community, please click our web sites links to the departments 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. We look forward to meeting you!

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