The academic core of the School of International and Public Affairs at Florida International University is comprised of eight major departments - Criminal Justice, Economics, Global & Sociocultural Studies, History, Modern Languages, Politics and International Relations, Public Administration, and Religious Studies - with a combined faculty of more than 180 members.
The mission of the Department of Criminal Justice is to provide local, state, national, and international leadership on core issues related to crime and its control and to be recognized as a prominent center of research, scholarship, and teaching, with academic, theoretical, and direct policy relevance. The department is recognized both nationally and internationally as a leader in the field of criminal justice education, offering both bachelor’s and master’s degrees on-site and fully online, as well as criminal justice administration specialization in the doctoral program in public management.
The Department of Economics has a group of faculty who are interested in a variety of applied and theoretical topics. The undergraduate programs provide students with an understanding of economic problems and institutions with analytical tools to apply this knowledge to contemporary problems. The graduate programs place strong emphasis on exploiting synergies between fields such as international economics, industrial organization, and technological change, and development economics. Issues are analyzed using modern economic tools from fields such as econometrics, game theory, and economic dynamics.
The Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies unites the faculties of anthropology, geography, and sociology within an innovative program dedicated to exploring challenges of global scope—such as diverse forms of inequality, contested identities, migrations and diasporas, and nature-society relations—that define the contemporary world. The department’s undergraduate and graduate programs emphasize cross-disciplinary perspectives while acknowledging the unique contributions of disciplinary approaches.
The Department of History offers graduate and undergraduate programs that foster a love for historical inquiry and lay a foundation for successful careers in history, law, journalism, government service, librarianship, and other professions. The undergraduate and graduate programs explore past human experience in all its imaginable aspects: economic, social, political, cultural, intellectual, scientific and technological. The department’s temporal scope covers the ancient past to present days, while cultural and spatial interests involve the peoples of Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas.
The Department of Modern Languages offers multiple opportunities for undergraduate and graduate study in language, culture, and literature. From language classes in Arabic, German, Hebrew, or Russian, to culture classes in Chinese, Haitian Creole, Italian, and Japanese, and degree programs in French, Portuguese, or Spanish, the Department of Modern Languages prepares students for a variety of educational and future career opportunities. Courses reflect the variety of the faculty's research interests of second language acquisition, historical linguistics, divisions of literature and culture, and related fields and modalities of interpretation.
Combining the traditional disciplinary strengths of Political Science with a multidisciplinary approach to the study of International Relations, the Department of Politics and International Relations offers rich undergraduate and graduate programs. The department comprises 34 nationally and internationally-recognized faculty with expertise that is not only geographic (in particular Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia) but also subfield (American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Political Theory).
The Department of Public Administration provides a professional education in public sector and nonprofit management by offering bachelors and masters degrees in public administration. The Department also offers a doctorate degree in public management. In addition to the full degrees, certificates are available in human resource policy and management and public management. The primary mission of the Department is to foster excellence in education, research, and practice.
The Department of Religious Studies offers instruction in all major religions of the world and in a number of thematic areas. The department is closely linked with a number of interdisciplinary programs, including: African-New World studies, Asian studies, Environmental Studies, Judaic Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and Women's Studies. The programs are designed to allow students to focus either on comparative topics, using a critical approach to understanding religious phenomena and their relation to society in a broad cultural context, or on the theory and practice of a specific religious tradition in its historical setting.