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Faculty affiliates of the Center for Population Dynamics recognize the importance of demographic training and research opportunities for students.  Faculty affiliated with the Center for Population Dynamics teach a variety of demographic courses representing several disciplinary perspectives.  Students seeking demographic training at ASU are first admitted to an academic department within the University.  Students may then elect to become involved in CePoD related research projects and participate in ongoing training opportunities.

Graduate training

Faculty affiliates of the CePoD offer a variety of courses with demographic perspectives at the graduate level across the University.  Thus demographic training is available to students from several disciplines.  In addition, graduate students seeking Sociology degrees may also choose demography as one of two areas of concentration, taking courses such as Applied Demography, Family Demography, and Epidemics and Society.

Beyond course work, graduate students are employed as research assistants on funded research projects with affiliated faculty.  As they progress, students are encouraged to take on more research responsibilities.  To facilitate graduate student participation in research, students are also encouraged to attend the CePoD Colloquium Series designed to bring visiting demographers to the ASU campus. The series also sponsors regular informal sessions where students and faculty share research ideas and offer support and guidance on related research issues.  Students completing a demographic dissertation are also encouraged to present their research at the colloquium before graduation.

Undergraduate training

Several courses with demographic themes are offered at the undergraduate level in several units.

Advanced Marriage and Family Relationships (FAS 435, Family and Human Development)

Population Geography (GCU 351, Geography)

Geography of the Mexican American Borderland (GCU425, Geography)

Sociology: Soc 333 Population; Soc 418 Aging and the Life Course; Soc 433 Applied Demography; Soc 448 Epidemics and Society; Soc 415 The Family)

Undergraduate students in Sociology and other fields have the opportunity to intern on faculty research projects for credit hours as a useful tool to prepare for graduate training or research-related occupations.

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