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320. Bachelor's Degrees Earned, by Field



 
FIELD OF STUDY TOTAL TOTAL TOTAL TOTAL FEMALE FEMALE PERCENT FEMALE PERCENT FEMALE
1971 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1971 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1971 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997
 
    Total 839,730 929,417 935,140 952,998 969,510 974,309 979,477 987,823 991,264 994,829 1,018,755 1,051,344 1,094,538 1,136,553 1,165,178 1,169,275 1,160,134 1,164,792 1,172,879 364,136 590,493 615,742 632,297 636,853 634,003 642,338 652,364 43.4 53.9 54.2 54.3 54.5 54.6 55.1 55.6
Agriculture and natural resources 12,672 22,802 21,886 21,029 20,909 19,317 18,107 16,823 14,991 14,222 13,492 12,900 13,124 15,124 16,778 18,070 19,841 21,431 22,602 536 4,292 5,255 5,698 6,322 7,149 7,896 8,808 4.2 32.7 34.7 34.0 35.0 36.0 36.8 39.0
Architecture and environmental design 5,570 9,132 9,455 9,728 9,823 9,186 9,325 9,119 8,950 8,603 9,150 9,364 9,781 8,753 9,167 8,975 8,756 8,352 7,944 664 3,993 2,948 3,227 3,211 3,015 3,012 2,854 11.9 40.8 33.7 35.2 35.8 34.4 36.1 35.9
Area, ethnic and cultural studies 2,582 2,840 2,887 2,862 3,068 3,005 2,985 3,178 3,427 3,601 4,102 4,613 4,884 5,342 5,481 5,573 5,706 5,786 5,839 1,353 3,024 3,435 3,504 3,615 3,614 3,802 3,844 52.4 61.9 64.3 63.9 64.9 63.3 65.7 65.8
Biological sciences/life sciences 35,743 46,370 43,216 41,639 39,982 38,640 38,445 38,524 38,121 36,755 36,059 37,204 39,530 42,941 47,038 51,383 55,984 60,994 63,975 10,410 20,118 22,143 24,196 26,333 29,297 32,145 34,505 29.1 50.9 51.6 51.4 51.2 52.3 52.7 53.9
Business and management 114,729 184,867 198,983 213,374 226,627 229,478 232,636 237,319 240,546 243,021 246,399 248,698 249,311 256,603 256,842 246,654 234,323 227,102 226,633 10,454 117,687 121,163 121,269 117,493 112,425 110,260 110,114 9.1 47.2 47.2 47.2 47.6 48.0 48.6 48.6
 
Communications 1 10,802 28,616 31,282 34,222 38,567 40,113 42,002 43,076 45,337 46,649 48,609 51,308 52,773 54,977 54,706 51,827 48,803 48,003 47,768 3,813 32,128 33,480 32,678 30,468 28,399 28,243 28,080 35.3 60.9 60.9 59.7 58.8 58.2 58.8 58.8
Computer and information sciences 2,388 11,154 15,121 20,267 24,510 32,172 38,878 41,889 39,589 34,523 30,454 27,257 25,083 24,557 24,200 24,200 24,404 24,098 24,768 324 7,357 7,047 6,797 6,883 6,941 6,630 6,731 13.6 29.3 28.7 28.1 28.4 28.4 27.5 27.2
Education 176,307 118,038 108,074 100,932 97,895 92,299 88,072 87,114 86,936 91,112 96,913 105,112 110,807 108,006 107,781 107,600 106,079 105,509 105,233 131,411 87,390 85,320 84,548 83,150 80,438 79,276 78,962 74.5 78.9 79.0 78.4 77.3 75.8 75.1 75.0
Engineering 1 50,046 68,893 75,000 80,005 89,018 94,185 95,828 95,660 92,816 88,506 85,002 81,322 78,650 77,541 78,051 78,225 78,154 77,437 75,157 400 10,912 10,825 11,215 11,628 12,221 12,481 12,509 0.8 13.9 14.0 14.4 14.9 15.6 16.1 16.6
English language and literature/letters 64,342 32,541 32,254 33,419 31,829 32,834 33,218 34,552 36,284 38,661 42,470 47,519 51,841 54,951 56,133 53,924 51,901 50,698 49,345 42,187 34,695 36,415 36,886 35,499 34,091 33,445 32,814 65.6 66.9 66.3 65.7 65.8 65.7 66.0 66.5
 
Foreign languages and literatures 20,536 12,089 11,273 10,756 10,599 10,384 10,827 10,984 11,034 10,926 11,693 12,386 13,133 13,903 14,387 14,378 13,775 13,952 13,674 15,201 9,394 9,918 10,229 10,074 9,532 9,733 9,536 74.0 71.5 71.3 71.1 70.1 69.2 69.8 69.7
Health sciences 25,226 63,920 63,649 63,653 64,685 64,288 64,422 64,396 63,103 60,644 59,005 58,302 59,070 61,720 67,089 74,421 79,855 84,036 85,631 19,438 49,474 51,531 55,742 61,359 65,412 68,604 69,754 77.1 83.8 83.5 83.1 82.4 81.9 81.6 81.5
Home economics 11,167 18,411 18,370 17,872 16,296 15,948 15,157 14,889 14,417 14,320 14,160 14,491 14,892 14,898 15,100 15,522 15,345 15,803 16,571 10,866 13,328 13,211 13,462 13,589 13,537 13,918 14,657 97.3 89.5 88.7 89.2 87.5 88.2 88.1 88.4
Law and legal studies 545 683 776 846 1,099 1,272 1,157 1,197 1,178 1,303 1,976 1,592 1,758 2,144 2,056 2,171 2,032 2,052 2,038 27 1,185 1,443 1,389 1,523 1,437 1,496 1,435 5.0 67.4 67.3 67.6 70.2 70.7 72.9 70.4
Liberal/general studies 7,481 23,196 21,643 21,089 21,603 21,479 21,818 21,336 23,717 24,274 26,388 27,985 30,526 32,174 33,456 33,397 33,356 33,997 34,776 2,510 18,279 19,390 20,181 20,280 20,199 20,618 21,293 33.6 59.9 60.3 60.3 60.7 60.6 60.6 61.2
 
Library and archival sciences 1,013 398 375 307 254 252 197 155 136 119 121 77 90 97 83 62 50 58 48 932 84 89 74 57 48 50 42 92.0 93.3 91.8 89.2 91.9 96.0 86.2 87.5
Mathematics 24,937 11,872 11,433 12,226 12,719 13,764 15,861 17,147 16,999 16,608 15,994 15,176 15,310 14,783 14,812 14,396 13,723 13,143 12,820 9,439 7,132 6,895 6,985 6,661 6,428 6,009 5,912 37.9 46.6 46.6 47.2 46.3 46.8 45.7 46.1
Multi/interdisciplinary studies 6,286 11,277 12,848 14,707 14,107 13,940 12,978 13,489 13,933 14,723 15,168 16,267 17,561 20,647 23,955 25,167 26,033 26,515 26,137 1,433 9,525 12,019 15,038 16,109 16,875 17,229 17,236 22.8 54.2 58.2 62.8 64.0 64.8 65.0 65.9
Parks, recreation and fitness 1,621 5,753 5,729 5,335 5,214 4,850 4,725 4,620 4,264 4,235 4,376 4,582 4,315 8,446 9,859 11,470 12,889 13,983 15,401 563 2,446 4,302 4,974 5,647 6,165 6,893 7,543 34.7 56.7 50.9 50.5 49.2 47.8 49.3 49.0
Philosophy, religion, and theology 11,890 13,276 12,617 12,307 12,537 12,355 12,447 11,846 11,714 11,528 11,743 12,068 12,128 12,255 13,214 12,980 12,854 12,746 13,276 3,037 3,822 3,951 4,108 4,011 3,983 3,843 4,275 25.5 31.5 32.2 31.1 30.9 31.0 30.2 32.2
 
Physical sciences 1 21,412 23,410 23,952 24,052 23,381 23,651 23,704 21,717 20,070 17,806 17,186 16,066 16,344 16,960 17,545 18,400 19,177 19,647 19,531 2,953 5,168 5,529 5,720 6,177 6,680 7,069 7,303 13.8 31.6 32.6 32.6 33.6 34.8 36.0 37.4
Protective services 2,045 15,015 13,707 12,438 12,579 12,654 12,510 12,704 12,930 13,367 14,698 15,354 16,806 18,855 20,902 23,009 24,157 24,810 25,165 189 6,401 7,196 7,882 8,840 9,108 9,536 10,015 9.2 38.1 38.2 37.7 38.4 37.7 38.4 39.8
Psychology 38,187 42,093 41,068 41,212 40,460 39,955 39,900 40,628 42,994 45,187 48,910 53,952 58,655 63,513 66,728 69,259 72,083 73,291 74,191 16,960 42,588 46,482 48,820 50,617 52,535 53,474 54,812 44.4 72.6 73.2 73.2 73.1 72.9 73.0 73.9
Public adminsitration and services 5,466 16,644 16,707 16,495 14,414 12,570 11,754 11,887 12,328 12,385 13,162 13,908 14,350 15,987 16,775 17,815 18,586 19,849 20,649 3,740 11,135 12,508 12,974 13,896 14,651 15,644 16,472 68.4 77.6 78.2 77.3 78.0 78.8 78.8 79.8
 
R.O.T.C. and military technologies 357 38 42 55 267 195 299 256 384 82 198 196 183 184 11 19 27 7 4 1 26 26 0 3 3 0 0 0.3 14.2 14.1 (Z) 15.8 11.1 0 0
Social sciences 2 155,324 103,662 100,513 99,705 95,228 93,323 91,570 93,840 96,342 100,460 108,151 118,083 125,107 133,974 135,703 133,680 128,154 126,479 124,891 57,151 56,406 60,973 62,114 61,674 60,015 60,607 60,776 36.8 45.1 45.5 45.8 46.1 46.8 47.9 48.7
Visual and performing arts 30,394 40,892 40,479 40,422 39,794 40,131 38,140 37,241 36,615 36,944 38,227 39,934 42,186 46,522 47,761 49,053 48,690 49,296 50,083 18,138 26,425 28,906 29,151 29,515 28,909 29,170 29,354 59.7 62.6 62.1 61.0 60.2 59.4 59.2 58.6
Unclassified 3 662 1,535 1,801 2,044 2,046 2,069 2,515 2,237 2,109 4,265 4,949 5,628 16,340 10,696 9,565 7,645 5,397 5,718 8,729 6 6,079 3,342 3,436 2,219 896 1,255 2,728 0.9 37.2 31.2 35.9 29.0 16.6 21.9 31.3


Z Less than .05 percent.
1 Includes technologies.
2 Includes history.
3 Includes precision production trades and transportation and materials moving.

Source: U.S. National Center for Education Statistics, Digest of Education Statistics, annual. http://nces.ed.gov/



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