Undergraduate Demography Minor

The 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.

  • Interdisciplinary: 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) (3 credits)
  • Demographic Overview Course from this list. (3 credits)
  • Two Additional Population Courses from this list. (6 credits).  

A 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 contact CPC Program Administrator Meg Cole. For more information see Intent to Minor in Demography or Demography Minor application.

Opportunities for Demography Minors

Stockholm University Exchange Program in Demography and Social Policy. Undergraduate students interested in demography and social policy may spend one semester, and in some cases up to two semesters, studying at Stockholm University. If you have questions about the program or would like additional information about applying, contact Dr. Pauline Morin, Director of Exchange Programs Human Ecology. Note: For Spring 2017, application deadline is September 30, 2016.

Summer Program in Turin, PAM 3620 Population Dynamics and Policy Debates in Comparative Perspective (3 credits). This course explores the causes and consequences of population change, paying particular attention to how population processes interact with the social, economic, and political context in which they play out.

DIS Copenhagen and Cornell University, Child Development Summer Course (4 credits). Gain a Nordic perspective on education and "the good childhood." Combine classroom and experiential learning through learning lab immersion at summer camps and community organizations. For more information, contact Kim Kopko.


Cornell Population Center