Graduate Demography Minor
The field of demography is multidisciplinary in focus and practice, drawing on a wide range of social science perspectives. Graduate training at CPC is similarly multidisciplinary and provides students with opportunities to develop fundamental demographic insights and methodological tools, as well as to engage with arguments from a range of perspectives.
Why Study Demography at Cornell?
- New insights: Population dynamics are fundamental to social, economic, political, and environmental change, and an understanding of demographic processes is critical to answering some of our most pressing questions.
- Cutting-edge research: Demographers rely on a broad set of tools for analyzing demographic data, and weekly seminars provide exposure to new developments in data and methods from prominent scholars across the U.S. and abroad.
- Broader community: CPC offers many opportunities to connect students with researchers (students and faculty) in other disciplines using high-quality empirical techniques to answer population-related research questions.
- Additional funding: CPC regularly provides funding for student travel to professional population conferences (e.g., PAA) and offers seed funding to CPC students in need of research support. CPC research is also supported by major grants, and faculty are often looking for GRAs with demographic skills during the academic year and summer months.
The campus-wide graduate minor in Demography is open to Ph.D. students in all social science fields. To qualify for completion of the minor, students must successfully complete the following courses:
- Principles in Demography (PAM 6050/DSOC 6070): (3 credits)
Provides a conceptual overview for studying population issues and introduces major subfields of study within demography.
- Demographic Techniques (PAM 6060/DSOC 6080): (3 credits)
Develops basic methodological tools in demography, including rate construction, single- and multiple-decrement life tables, and survival analysis.
- Demography Training Seminar (PAM 6810): (1 credit)
Participation in the CPC seminar series and monthly training workshops. Consistent enrollment is encouraged; at least 3 training credits (i.e., 3 semesters) are required.
- Elective course from approved list of CPC courses (see list here*)
Substantive courses that incorporate trainings in demographic techniques or population processes. (*Students may petition for elective course to be added to the list of approved elective courses.)
In addition to these course requirements, graduate minors must include at least one CPC faculty affiliate on their special committee .
How to Apply?
To apply for the minor, contact the CPC Training Director, Matthew Hall.
Graduate Demography Minor Recent Alumni
||Katherine Michelmore is a postdoctoral fellow with the University of Michigan Ford School's Education Policy Initiative. Her current research interests focus on the interaction of public policies and family structure, family demography, and access to higher education. Katherine previously worked as a research assistant at the Urban Institute specializing in Social Security reform policy and forecasting changing demographic patterns in the U.S.