Undergraduate Population Studies Courses

Introductory Course

Take exactly 1 course(s) totaling 3 - 4 credit(s) from the following:

  • GEOG 3381W - Population in an Interacting World [SOCS, GP, WI] (3.0 cr) or GLOS 3701W - Population in an Interacting World [SOCS, GP, WI] (3.0 cr)
  • SOC 3511 - World Population Problems [GP] (3.0 cr) or SOC 3511H - Honors: World Population Problems [GP] (3.0 cr)


Electives must be taken from at least two different departments (excluding Advanced Population Studies Elective Options). Students who are interested in graduate programs related to population studies should take an advanced population studies elective option.

Take 4 or more course(s) totaling 12 - 15 credit(s) from the following:

Geography, Environment & Society

  • GEOG 3401 - Geography of Environmental Systems and Global Change [ENV] (4.0 cr)
  • GEOG 3411W - Geography of Health and Health Care [WI] (3.0 cr)
  • GEOG 3561 - Principles of Geographic Information Science (4.0 cr)
  • GEOG 3379 - Environment and Development in the Third World [SOCS, ENV] (3.0 cr)
    or GLOS 3303 - Environment and Development in the Third World [SOCS, ENV] (3.0 cr)


  • HIST 3011 - Measuring the Past: Quantitative Methods for Historical Research [MATH] (4.0 cr)
  • HIST 3415 - Migrations in Modern Global History [HIS, GP] (3.0 cr)
  • HIST 3797 - History of Population [SOCS, GP] (3.0 cr)
  • AAS 3862 - American Immigration History [HIS, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
    or CHIC 3862 - American Immigration History [HIS, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
    or HIST 3862 - American Immigration History [HIS, DSJ] (3.0 cr)

Public Affairs

  • PA 5301Population Methods & Issues for the United States & Global South (3.0 cr)

Public Health

  • PUBH 3350 - Epidemiology: People, Places, and Disease (2.0 cr)


  • SOC 3246 - Diseases, Disasters & Other Killers [HIS, ENV] (3.0 cr)
  • SOC 3501 - Sociology of Families [SOCS, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
  • SOC 4246 - Sociology of Health and Illness (3.0 cr)
  • SOC 4511 - Sociology of Youth: Transition to Adulthood (3.0 cr)
  • SOC 3505 - Migrations: People in Motion [GP] (3.0 cr)
    or GLOS 3705 - Migrations: People in Motion [GP] (3.0 cr)

Advanced Population Studies Elective Options

Students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher, and with instructor and advisor consent, may request permission for a 3-credit 8xxx-level population studies course to count as the Advanced Population Studies Elective. Credit for population studies related internships may be counted toward the minor with approval from the advisor.

  • SOC 4881 - Population Studies Research Practicum (3.0 cr)
    Students enrolled in this course will gain hands-on experience with population studies research by working a researcher or a research team at the MPC. Students in the course will meet weekly with the instructor to discuss their research experiences and develop a final research product, and students will attend the weekly MPC Seminar Series. Note: Students may petition the instructor to use a relevant non-MPC internship placement to fulfill the hands-on learning component of the course.
  • GCC 3014 - The Future of Work and Life in the 21st Century [TS] (3.0 cr)
  • GCC 5014 - The Future of Work and Life in the 21st Century [TS] (3.0 cr)
  •  SOC 4821 - Measuring the Social World: Concepts and Analysis (3.0 cr)