II-05b: Percentage of Humanities Bachelor’s Degrees Awarded by Each Discipline, 1987–2015

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Data System; 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 (

See the Note on the Data Used to Calculate Humanities Degree Counts and Shares. With the 2017 update, the Humanities Indicators adjusted the taxonomy of degrees tabulated as part of the field. The largest change was the inclusion of categories in the field of communication that fall within the humanities. For an inventory of the specific degree programs included in the broad disciplinary categories of the humanities accounted for in this indicator, see the Degree Program Code Catalog.

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