University of California, Berkeley

About the Program


The undergraduate minor in Demography provides an opportunity to combine a traditional major, typically in one of the social sciences, with specialized training in population studies.

Although there is no undergraduate major in Demography, seniors may take graduate courses with consent of the instructor.

Declaring the Minor

For information on how to declare the minor, please contact the department.

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Minor Requirements

Students who have a strong interest in an area of study outside their major often decide to complete a minor program. These programs have set requirements and are noted officially on the transcript in the memoranda section, but are not noted on diplomas.

General Guidelines

  1. All courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements below must be taken for graded credit.
  2. A minimum of three of the upper division courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements must be completed at UC Berkeley.
  3. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required for courses used to fulfill the minor requirements.
  4. Courses used to fulfill the minor requirements may be applied toward the Seven-Course Breadth requirement, for Letters & Science students.
  5. No more than one upper division course may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements for a student's major and minor programs.
  6. All minor requirements must be completed prior to the last day of finals during the semester in which you plan to graduate. If you cannot finish all courses required for the minor by that time, please see a College of Letters & Science adviser.
  7. All minor requirements must be completed within the unit ceiling. (For further information regarding the unit ceiling, please see the College Requirements tab.)


Core Courses
DEMOG 110Introduction to Population Analysis 13
DEMOG/SOCIOL C126Sex, Death, and Data 14
DEMOG/ECON C175Economic Demography 14
Statistical Methods or Vital Statistics
Select one of the following: 2
Economic Statistics and Econometrics [4]
Econometric Analysis [4]
Research and Data Analysis in Psychology [4]
Introduction to Probability and Statistics in Biology and Public Health [4]
Quantitative Sociological Methods [4]
Statistical Methods for Data Science [4]
Concepts of Statistics [4]
Social Science Dealing with Demographic Factors
Select one of the following: 3
The American Immigrant Experience [4]
Impact of Government Policies on Poor Children and Families [4]
Family and Household in Comparative Perspective [3]
DEMOG 180Social Networks4
Urban Economics [3]
Health Economics [4]
Economic Development [4]
The Repeopling of America [4]
Poverty and Population [3]
Sociology of the Family [4]

No substitutions for this course are allowed, unless the course is not being offered in the current academic year. In that case, written approval of a valid substitute course must be obtained and submitted along with the L&S Minor Completion Form. 


Similar upper division courses of at least three units may be substituted with consent of the department.


Similar upper division courses of at least three units may be substituted with consent of the department.



Faculty and Instructors


Dennis Feehan, Assistant Professor. Demography, social networks, sociology, statistics, sampling, mortality, computational social science, migration, Facebook.

Joshua R. Goldstein, Professor. Fertility, marriage, social demography, historical demography, population aging, formal demography.
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Jennifer Johnson-Hanks, Associate Professor. Culture, population, social action, intentions, Africa, gender, fertility, marriage.
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Leora Lawton, Lecturer.

Visiting Faculty

Magali Barbieri, Visiting Associate Professor.

Robert Chung, Visiting Associate Professor.

Emeritus Faculty

Eugene A. Hammel, Professor Emeritus. Kinship, social anthropology, stratification, statistical and formal analysis, computer applications, peasant society and culture, demography, Balkans.
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Ronald D. Lee, Professor Emeritus. Economics, evolutionary theory, mathematical demography, population aging, intergenerational transfers, economic demography, life history theory, population forecasting, national transfer accounts.
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Kenneth Wachter, Professor Emeritus. Mathematical demography stochastic models, simulation, biodemography, federal statistical system.
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John R. Wilmoth, Professor Emeritus. Demography, sociology, methodological research, longevity, life expectancy, mortality differentials, familial resemblance, mortality and life expectancy forcasting, historical population trends, world population growth, international migration forecasting.
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Contact Information

Department of Demography

2232 Piedmont Avenue

Phone: 510-642-9800

Fax: 510-643-8558

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Department Chair

Jennifer Johnson-Hanks

Undergraduate Assistant

Monique Verrier

Phone: 510-642-9800

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