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Disciplinary Distribution of Advanced Degrees in the Humanities

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From 1987 to 2015, the nation’s colleges and universities conferred the largest share of advanced degrees in the humanities on students of English language and literature. Over these years English awarded more than twice as many master’s degrees as the next closest discipline and at least a third more degrees at the doctoral level.

II-22a: Distribution of Humanities Master’s Degree Completions among Disciplines, 2015*

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* Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding.
** Values for the disciplines included in this category are provided in Supporting Table II-11a.

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 Sciences’ Humanities Indicators (www.humanitiesindicators.org).

See the Note on the Data Used to Calculate Humanities Degree Counts and Shares and the Note on the Definition of Advanced DegreesFor an inventory of the specific degree programs that together constitute the academic humanities as they are conceptualized by the Humanities Indicators, see the Degree Program Code Catalog.

II-22b: Distribution of Humanities Doctoral Degree Completions among Disciplines, 2015*

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* Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding.
** Values for the disciplines included in this category are provided in Supporting Table II-11b.

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 Sciences’ Humanities Indicators (www.humanitiesindicators.org).

See the Note on the Data Used to Calculate Humanities Degree Counts and Shares and the Note on the Definition of Advanced Degrees. For an inventory of the specific degree programs that together constitute the academic humanities as they are conceptualized by the Humanities Indicators, see the Degree Program Code Catalog.

II-22c: Percentage of Humanities Master’s Degrees Awarded by Each Discipline, 1987–2015*

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* Values for the disciplines included in this category are provided in Supporting Table II-11c.

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 Sciences’ Humanities Indicators (www.humanitiesindicators.org).

See the Note on the Data Used to Calculate Humanities Degree Counts and Shares and the Note on the Definition of Advanced Degrees. For an inventory of the specific degree programs that together constitute the academic humanities as they are conceptualized by the Humanities Indicators, see the Degree Program Code Catalog.

II-22d: Percentage of Humanities Doctoral Degrees Awarded by Each Discipline, 1987–2015*

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* Values for the disciplines included in this category are provided in Supporting Table II-11d.
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 Sciences’ Humanities Indicators (www.humanitiesindicators.org).

See the Note on the Data Used to Calculate Humanities Degree Counts and Shares and the Note on the Definition of Advanced Degrees. For an inventory of the specific degree programs that together constitute the academic humanities as they are conceptualized by the Humanities Indicators, see the Degree Program Code Catalog.

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