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Minor in Demography

Minor in Demography

Demography is the scientific study of human populations. It is an interdisciplinary field that examines the causes and consequences of health and mortality, population aging, migration, fertility, maternal and child health, interactions between human populations and the environment, and population growth and decline.

Students working toward a minor in demography within the Department of Health and Behavioral Sciences (HBS) will acquire focused training in theories and methods of demography. The minor will help students develop important skills in critical thinking and quantitative reasoning, and will prepare them for graduate level training in demography or related fields and for jobs requiring an understanding of population dynamics. Demographers are frequently employed in occupations including academia, risk assessment, marketing, consulting, nonprofits, and various local, state and federal government agencies.

If you are interested in pursuing this minor, or for more information, e-mail​

Program Requirements for the Minor

All students must complete a minimum of 18 credits drawn from the approved course list​​​​ (see below). Although students may count courses taken for other majors or minors toward the requirements for the demography minor, they must still take at least 18 credits that count exclusively toward the demography minor. Up to 6 credits may be double counted with other majors/minors.

All undergraduate UCD students are eligible to take this minor, and must achieve a C (2.0) or above in all the courses for them to be counted toward the minor. A minimum of 15 credit hours, at least 12 of which must be upper division courses, must be taken in residence at UCD.

Note: Students should check for prerequisites when enrolling in courses.

Survey Course :

PBHL 2052, Global Demography and Health (HBS)

Quantitative Methods (must choose at least 1 of the following; additional courses may not count toward the minor):

SOCY 3121, Statistics (Sociology)

PBHL 3001, Introduction to Epidemiology (Public Health)

PSYC 2090, Statistics and Research Methods (Psychology)

MATH 2830, Introductory Statistics (Math)

Strong Demographic Themes (must choose at least 1 of the following; more may count toward the minor):

SOCY/PBHL 3440, Medical Sociology (Sociology/HBS)

SOC 4440, Social Stratification (Sociology)

PBHL 4040, Social Determinants in Health (HBS)

PBHL 3071, Global Topics in Sexual and Reproductive Health (HBS)

PBHL 3070, Global Health: Comparative Public Health Systems (HBS)

ANTH 4260, Human Reproductive Ecology (Anthropology)

Other Electives (these courses may be used to fulfill remaining credits):

PBHL 3002, Ethnicity, Health, and Social Justice (HBS)

PBHL 3031, Health and Human Behavior (HBS)

SOCY 3700, Sociology of the Family (Sociology)

SOCY 4690, Crime and Inequality over the Life Course (Sociology)

ECON 3100, Economics of Race and Gender (Economics)

GEOG 1602, Introduction to Urban Studies (Geography)

GEOG 3300, Population and Resources in the World Environment (Geography)

GEOG 3501, Geography of Health (Geography)

BIOL 3412, Fundamentals of Applied Ecology (Biology)

PSCI 4545, Immigration Politics (Political Science)

PSCI 4248, Gender, Globalization and Development (Political Science)

ANTH 3000, Globalization, Migration and Transnationalism (Anthropology)

Other courses that are only very rarely offered but can count towards the minor (talk to an advisor):

PBHL 4200/5200, The Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic (HBS)

PBHL/ANT3200, Human Migration: Nomads, Sojourners, and Settlers (HBS/Anthropology)

​SOCY 4220, Population Change and Analysis (Sociology)​