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History Degree Completions

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After a peak in the number of degree completions in the early 1970s, history joined the rest of the humanities in losing significant ground into the 1980s before rising again up to 2012. However, the number of bachelors and master’s degrees conferred in history declined from 2012 to 2014, while the number of doctoral degrees continued to increase.

II-43a: Bachelor’s Degree Completions in History (Absolute Number and as a Percentage of All Bachelor’s Degrees), 1966–2014*

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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. Data on the number of students completing minors are not gathered as part of the data collection program from which these degree completion counts are drawn, but such information was compiled for selected humanities disciplines as part of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences–sponsored Humanities Departmental Survey. See the Degree Program Code Catalog for an inventory of the specific degree programs included by the Humanities Indicators under the heading of “History”.

II-43b: Master’s Degree Completions in History (Absolute Number and as a Percentage of All Master’s and First Professional Degrees), 1966–2014*

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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.

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 and the Note on the Definition of Advanced Degrees. See the Degree Program Code Catalog for an inventory of the specific degree programs included by the Humanities Indicators under the heading of “History”.

II-43c: Doctoral Degree Completions in History (Absolute Number and as a Percentage of All Doctorates), 1966–2014*

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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 See the Note on Data Used to Calculate Discipline-Specific Degree Counts and Shares for an explanation of the differences between the two systems.

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 and the Note on the Definition of Advanced Degrees. See the Degree Program Code Catalog for an inventory of the specific degree programs included by the Humanities Indicators under the heading of “History”.

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