All the counts, percentages, and averages included in the narrative below are estimates generated from data collected for the third round of the Humanities Department Survey (HDS 3). The survey response rate for history of science departments was 79%. (For more on how to interpret the results, see the Introduction in the complete profile for this discipline.)

Due to the relatively small number of departments—and evidence of substantial variation among them—the findings for the discipline should be interpreted with caution. Many of the estimates have a substantial margin of error associated with them, especially where the findings are parsed by Carnegie Classification. Please see the data tables in Part B of the Appendix for details.

Departments of history of science were first included in the 2007 survey.1 Of the departments that granted degrees in fall 2007, 18 of them still did so in fall 2017.

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  • 1All estimates in this profile are for the population of departments granting degrees in 2007 that were still doing so in 2017. The survey was able to detect departments that ceased to grant degrees between 2007 and 2017, but not any departments that may have begun granting degrees during that period.
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