II-03c: Shares of All Bachelor’s Degrees Awarded in Selected Academic Fields, 1987–2015

Source: Office of Education/U.S. Department of Education, Integrated Postsecondary Data System (IPEDS). IPEDS data were accessed via the National Science Foundation’s online data system, WebCASPAR. Data analyzed and presented by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Humanities Indicators (

With the 2017 update, the Humanities Indicators adjusted the taxonomy of degrees tabulated as part of the humanities. The largest change was the inclusion of categories in the field of communication that fall within the humanities. For a detailed inventory of the specific degree programs that constitute each of the academic fields as they are conceptualized by the Humanities Indicators, see the Degree Program Code Catalog.

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