A specialization in demography explores issues of population change, migration, and health outcomes. Graduate coursework is provided in social demography, population theories and policies, demographic research methods, and various special topic seminars. The orientation is twofold: basic and policy-oriented research on sociological aspects of demographic structure and processes including migration, marriage and fertility, morbidity and mortality, and technical demographic topics such as population estimates and projections; and demographic training to domestic and international students relevant to their respective settings.
Demographic topics are highly interrelated with issues of central concern involving environmental, community, and social change. Faculty research endeavors encompass a broad range of local, regional, national, and international projects. Their topics include areas of migration and population redistribution, health and disability, family demography, life course and aging, population/environment interactions, labor force, and population estimates and projections. A more detailed description of this specialization area including a list of recent faculty publications and research projects is available.