GISD Program Guidelines and Requirements
Informational Materials [pdf]
Students must be currently enrolled in a graduate or professional program at Ohio State.
- Students must successfully complete at least 10 but no more than 20 hours of graduate-level coursework.
The specialization consists of the following components:
- A required three-credit (3) hour core proseminar course. The proseminar will focus on demography and will be divided into two components.
- First, a weekly 2-hour class that focuses on a broad survey of the field of demography with a special emphasis on methods.
- Second, immediately following the proseminar, students will attend the weekly IPR seminar. Each Tuesday IPR hosts a demography seminar that brings in speakers (both internal and external to the University) to present their recent population-related research. The seminar will expose GISD graduate students to cutting-edge demographic research methods.
- A required three-credit (3) hour course in Demographic Analysis. A core component of demographic training is its methodological toolkit. This course will cover the materials and methods of fundamental demographic analysis.
- Electives will be drawn from existing courses offered across the University which contain significant demographic content and/or provide technical training that will advance research on demographic topics. These hours must include at least three different courses, and at least 9 hours must be from outside the home graduate program but may include cross-listed courses (cross-listed courses that comprise this 9 hours minimum must be enrolled in outside the home department).
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