Undergraduate Demography Minor

undergrad demography posterThe CPC offers a cross-college, interdepartmental minor in Demography for all Cornell undergraduates. The minor is a rigorous undergraduate course of study on population-related topics and approaches, providing students a broad understanding of global population dynamics and tools for analyzing demographic data.

Why Minor in Demography?

In today’s rapidly changing society, a strong understanding of population is a valuable tool for making sense of the social and economic phenomena that affect our lives and our societies.

Interdisciplinarity: Demography is the interdisciplinary study of human population dynamics, including the size, structure, and geographic distribution of populations, and how populations change over time due to births, deaths, migration, and aging.

Information: Demography provides information, for example, on the size and composition of consumer markets, labor markets, the electorate, and groups in receipt or need of social services.

Expertise: Demographic expertise will benefit undergraduates interested in wide-ranging careers in public policy, business, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), as well as those seeking to pursue graduate training in fields such as sociology, economics, public health, environmental sciences, and area studies.

Program Requirements:

Demographic Introductory Course (DSOC 2010/SOC 2202; PAM 2030) (3 credits)
Statistics Course (AEM 2100; ILRST/STSCI 2100; PAM 2100 or PAM 2101; SOC 3010) (3 credits)
Demographic Overview Course (DSOC 2750, 3050, 3130, 3140, 3360, 4300, 4380; DSOC/SOC 4210; PAM 2150, 3250, 3280; PAM 3040; PAM/SOC 3040, 3360, 3380, 4470; AMST/SOC 2070 PAM 2250). (3 credits)
Two Additional Population Courses (DSOC 3060, 4631; DSOC/LSP 2200; DSOC/SOC 2650/AMST 2655/LSP 2010; SOC 3580; DSOC/AMST/EDUC/SOC 2710; DSOC/AIS/SOC 4100; PAM 3150, 3180; PAM 2390; 3800; PAM/DSOC 3620; PAM 4100/ECON 3170; PAM/SOC 4160; SOC 2210, 3380, 3570; SOC 2208/DSOC 2090; DSOC 3700/SOC 3710; CRP 4080; PAM 3850/5850; PAM 2810, PAM 3410; PAM 4280/ECON 3710; DSOC 3130). (6 credits).

At least two courses must be outside the student’s major department. Students will complete five courses, each of which requires a grade of B- or better to count toward the minor.

Undergraduate students interested in signing up for the minor should complete the Intent to Minor Form and the Minor Application Form. The minor application form lists current courses that can be applied to the minor. For more information contact Meg Cole at mc129@cornell.edu.