Sociology and Demography

University of California, Berkeley


The Graduate Group in Sociology and Demography (GGSD) is an interdisciplinary training program in the social sciences designed for students with broad intellectual interests. Drawing on UC Berkeley's Department of Sociology and Department of Demography, the group offers students a rigorous and rewarding intellectual experience.

The group, founded in 2001, sponsors a single-degree program leading to a PhD in Sociology and Demography. The GGSD helps foster an active intellectual exchange between graduate students and faculty in the two disciplines. In addition, faculty and students associated with the group often maintain close ties with other disciplines both inside and outside the social sciences (for example, economics, anthropology, statistics, public health, biology, and medicine).

The specific emphasis of this academic program is the intersection of the fields of sociology and demography. Potential areas of study include but are not limited to population history; social stratification; inequality; race; ethnicity; causes and consequences of population growth; the demographic transition; population–environment interactions; economic development; immigration; globalization; gender; family; kinship; child welfare; sexuality; intergenerational relations; aging; mortality; health care; fertility, family planning, and birth control; and disability.

Students in the GGSD typically earn both an MA in Sociology and an MA in Demography en route to the PhD in Sociology and Demography; however, an MA in Sociology in not required to earn a PhD in Sociology and Demography.

Undergraduate Program

There is no undergraduate program in Sociology and Demography.

Graduate Program

Sociology and Demography: PhD

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Contact Information

Graduate Group in Sociology and Demography

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Demography Chair

Mara Loveman

Graduate Advisor

Dennis Feehan

Graduate Student Affairs Officer

Monique Verrier

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