Gender Distribution of Degrees in History


From 1967 to 2014 the percentage of history degrees earned by women increased at all levels but most dramatically at the doctoral level. Despite the increases, the percentage of women earning degrees in history remained below that for the humanities field as a whole (among both bachelor’s and advanced degrees). As of 2014, gender parity had not yet been achieved at any degree level in history.

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* The gaps in the trend lines for 1987 indicate a shift from the National Science Foundation’s disciplinary classification system to the National Center for Education Statistics’ Classification of Instructional Programs. Please see the Note on Data Used to Calculate Discipline-Specific Degree Counts and Shares for an explanation of the differences between the two systems. Degree counts do not include second majors.

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 integrated science and engineering resources data system, WebCASPAR.

See the Note on Data Used to Calculate Discipline-Specific Degree Counts and Shares, the Note on the Definition of Advanced Degrees, and the Degree Program Code Catalog for an inventory of the specific degree programs included by the Humanities Indicators (under the heading of “History”). The percentages do not include so-called double major degrees. When degrees are earned concurrently in this way, only the first degree is counted.

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