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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 Courses (students must choose at least 1 of the following; both may be counted toward the minor):

PBHL 2051, Introduction to Population Studies (HBS)

SOC 4220, Population Change and Analysis (Sociology)​

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

SOC 312, Statistics (Sociology)

PUBH 3010, Introduction to Epidemiology (Public Health)

PSY 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):

SOC/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 4020, 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 4200/5200, The Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic (HBS)

PBHL 3031, Health and Human Behavior (HBS)

PBHL/ANTH 3200, Human Migration: Nomads, Sojourners, and Settlers (HBS/Anthropology)

SOC 3700, Sociology of the Family (Sociology)

SOC 4690/5690, Crime and Inequality over the Life Course (Sociology)

ECON 3100, Economics of Race and Gender (Economics)

ECON, Economic Demography (Economics)

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

GEOG 1602, Introduction to Urban Studies (Geography)

GEOG 3501, Geography of Health (Geography)

BIOL 3412, Fundamentals of Applied Ecology (Biology)

PSC 4545, Immigration Politics (Political Science)