Demography Certificate Program

The Certificate in Demography is a graduate program designed both for students currently enrolled in graduate programs in social science or public policy areas and for members of the community, such as state employees. The program prepares students with theoretical, substantive, and methodological knowledge of how population processes (e.g., fertility, mortality, and migration) operate in societies and how they interrelate with other social processes. The program is under the guidance of the Graduate Committee in Sociology.

The Certificate in Demography is a self- standing program of 18 credit hours. However, it may also be undertaken in conjunction with M.A., M.S., or Ph.D. programs.

Program of Study

The requirements for the certificate program consists of 18 credits of course work as follows:

  1. Two core courses: Soc 551 Introduction to Demography and Soc 552 Demographic Techniques;
  2. Two courses (topics) from Soc 665 Special Topics in Demography (which may be repeated) or one from Soc 665 plus Soc 607 Demography Internships;
  3. Two additional courses from either Soc 665 or other demography related courses (see brochure for a suggested list of courses.);
  4. Additionally, students must have taken one graduate-level statistics course in a related field.

Please note: This program requires an internship, field experience, study abroad component, or clinical experience requirement. Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions. If you have concerns about this matter please contact the Dean’s Office of your intended academic program.