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Philosophy Degree Completions

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While the number of philosophy degrees at all levels increased from 1987 to 2013, the discipline experienced a sharp decline in 2014 at the bachelor’s and doctorate levels.

II-49a: Bachelor’s Degree Completions in Philosophy (Absolute Number and as a Percentage of All Bachelor’s Degrees), 1987–2014*

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* Degree counts and shares do not include second majors.

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). The IPEDS data were accessed and analyzed via the National Science Foundation’s online science and engineering resources data system, WebCASPAR.

See the Note on Data Used to Calculate Discipline-Specific Degree Counts and Shares. Unlike the other disciplines profiled in the HI, for which basic degree completion data are available going back to 1966, counts of philosophy degrees are available only from 1987 onward. (Until the late 1980s, philosophy degrees were combined by the National Center for Education Statistics, the collector of these data, with those conferred in religious studies.) See the Degree Program Code Catalog for an inventory of the specific degree programs included by the Humanities Indicators under the heading of “Philosophy”.

II-49b: Master’s Degree Completions in Philosophy (Absolute Number and as a Percentage of All Master’s and First Professional Degrees), 1987–2014

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Source: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). The IPEDS data were accessed and analyzed via the National Science Foundation’s online 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. Unlike the other disciplines profiled in the Humanities Indicators, for which basic degree completion data are available going back to 1966, counts of philosophy degrees are available only from 1987 onward. (Until the late 1980s, philosophy degrees were combined by the National Center for Education Statistics, the collector of these data, with those conferred in religious studies.) See the Degree Program Code Catalog for an inventory of the specific degree programs included by the Humanities Indicators under the heading of “Philosophy”.

II-49c: Doctoral Degree Completions in Philosophy (Absolute Number and as a Percentage of All Doctorates), 1987–2014

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Source: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). The IPEDS data were accessed and analyzed via the National Science Foundation’s online science and engineering resources data system, WebCASPAR.WebCASPAR.

See the Note on Data Used to Calculate Discipline-Specific Degree Counts and Shares and the Note on the Definition of Advanced DegreesUnlike the other disciplines profiled in the Humanities Indicators, for which basic degree completion data are available going back to 1966, counts of philosophy degrees are available only from 1987 onward. (Until the late 1980s, philosophy degrees were combined by the National Center for Education Statistics, the collector of these data, with those conferred in religious studies.) See the Degree Program Code Catalog for an inventory of the specific degree programs included by the Humanities Indicators under the heading of “Philosophy”.

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