Department-Specific Requirements

Department-Specific Requirements

Anthropology

PSTC trainees in Anthropology take four courses in the department and one population-related elective in another relevant department.

Population Track Courses
Anthropology courses are directly geared to preparation for research in anthropological demography, namely: two specialized courses and one elective in anthropological demography.

  1. Anthropological Demography (ANTH 2300)
  2. Issues in Anthropology and Population (ANTH 2304)
  3. Elective course in population track

Exams and Committee Requirements
All students in Anthropology are required to prepare for and take examinations in three fields in their third year, and PSTC trainees must include anthropological demography as one of those three.

Economics

Economics doctoral students take eight courses in the department and then must pass core exams at the end of the first year.

Population Track Courses
Training program requirements for Economics trainees consist of one foundational course and at least two population-related electives in the Economics department.

  1. Economics of Labor and Population
  2. Elective course in population track
  3. Elective course in population track

Elective courses include:

  • Topics in Labor Economics (ECON 2330)
  • Economics of Health and Population (ECON 2360)
  • Inequality: Theory and Evidence (ECON 2370)
  • Economic Development I (ECON 2510)
  • Economic Development II (ECON 2520)
  • Dynamic Optimization and Economic Growth (ECON 2830)
  • Economic Growth II (ECON 2520)
  • Economics of Labor and Population (ECON 2320)
  • Urbanization (ECON 2410)
  • The Structure of Cities (ECON 2420)
  • Topics in Economics: Economics and Psychology (ECON 2190E)
  • Topics in Experimental and Behavioral Economics (ECON 2535)

Exams and Committee Requirements
At the end of the second year, population track students must pass an oral exam in which at least one of the PSTC faculty serves on the examination committee.

Sociology

Sociology doctoral students take five core courses in the discipline in their first year.

Population Track Courses
PSTC trainees take a sequence of two foundational courses as well as an additional population-related elective:

  1. Principles of Population (SOC 2080)
  2. Techniques of Demographic Analysis (SOC 2230)
  3. Elective course in population track

Elective courses include:

  • Principles and Methods of GIS (SOC1871F)
  • Event History Analysis (SOC 2240)
  • Advanced Demographic Techniques (SOC 2260F)
  • Migration (SOC 2320)
  • Fertility (SOC 2360)
  • Mortality (SOC 2380)
  • Spatial Thinking in Social Science (SOC2610)
  • Urban Sociology (SOC 2960C)
  • Spatial Data Analysis Techniques in the Social Sciences (SOC 2960G)
  • Demography of the Life Course (SOC 2960H)
  • Special Topics in Population (SOC 2960L)
  • Social Network Analysis (SOC 2960P)

Exams and Committee Requirements
All Sociology trainees must take two prelim exams and include at least one PSTC faculty affiliate on their master’s and dissertation committees.

Political Science

Political Science trainees currently follow the Sociology population track. See above for requirements.