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Table 322. Degrees in English language and literature/letters conferred by degree- granting institutions, by level of degree and sex of student: Selected years, 1949-50 through 2009-10
Year Bachelor's degrees Master's degrees Doctor's degrees
Total Males Females Total Males Females Total Males Females
Number Annual
percent
change
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
1949-50 17,240 8,221 9,019 2,259 1,320 939 230 181 49
1959-60 20,128 7,580 12,548 2,931 1,458 1,473 397 314 83
1967-68 47,977 15,700 32,277 7,916 3,434 4,482 977 717 260
1969-70 56,410 18,650 37,760 8,517 3,326 5,191 1,213 837 376
                     
1970-71 63,914 13.3 22,005 41,909 10,441 4,126 6,315 1,554 1,107 447
1971-72 63,707 -0.3 22,580 41,127 10,412 4,066 6,346 1,734 1,173 561
1972-73 60,607 -4.9 22,022 38,585 10,035 3,988 6,047 1,817 1,189 628
1973-74 54,190 -10.6 20,082 34,108 9,573 3,824 5,749 1,755 1,142 613
1974-75 47,062 -13.2 17,689 29,373 9,178 3,463 5,715 1,595 974 621
                     
1975-76 41,452 -11.9 15,898 25,554 8,599 3,290 5,309 1,514 895 619
1976-77 37,343 -9.9 14,135 23,208 7,824 2,907 4,917 1,373 768 605
1977-78 34,799 -6.8 12,972 21,827 7,444 2,623 4,821 1,272 698 574
1978-79 33,218 -4.5 12,085 21,133 6,503 2,307 4,196 1,186 639 547
1979-80 32,187 -3.1 11,237 20,950 6,026 2,181 3,845 1,196 635 561
                     
1980-81 31,922 -0.8 11,082 20,840 5,742 2,026 3,716 1,040 497 543
1981-82 33,078 3.6 11,300 21,778 5,593 1,916 3,677 986 467 519
1982-83 31,327 -5.3 10,699 20,628 4,866 1,653 3,213 877 419 458
1983-84 32,296 3.1 11,007 21,289 4,814 1,681 3,133 899 413 486
1984-85 32,686 1.2 11,195 21,491 4,987 1,723 3,264 915 414 501
                     
1985-86 34,083 4.3 11,657 22,426 5,335 1,811 3,524 895 390 505
1986-87 35,667 4.6 12,133 23,534 5,298 1,819 3,479 853 367 486
1987-88 38,106 6.8 12,687 25,419 5,366 1,796 3,570 858 380 478
1988-89 41,786 9.7 13,729 28,057 5,716 1,930 3,786 929 405 524
1989-90 46,803 12.0 15,437 31,366 6,317 2,125 4,192 986 444 542
                     
1990-91 51,064 9.1 16,891 34,173 6,784 2,203 4,581 1,056 469 587
1991-92 54,250 6.2 18,314 35,936 7,215 2,441 4,774 1,142 484 658
1992-93 55,289 1.9 19,007 36,282 7,537 2,570 4,967 1,201 495 706
1993-94 53,150 -3.9 18,214 34,936 7,611 2,620 4,991 1,205 512 693
1994-95 51,170 -3.7 17,581 33,589 7,612 2,672 4,940 1,393 589 804
                     
1995-96 49,928 -2.4 17,007 32,921 7,657 2,727 4,930 1,395 535 860
1996-97 48,641 -2.6 16,325 32,316 7,487 2,650 4,837 1,431 610 821
1997-98 49,016 0.8 16,280 32,736 7,587 2,568 5,019 1,489 611 878
1998-99 49,877 1.8 16,332 33,545 7,326 2,452 4,874 1,412 554 858
1999-2000 50,106 0.5 16,124 33,982 7,022 2,315 4,707 1,470 611 859
                     
2000-01 50,569 0.9 15,997 34,572 6,763 2,160 4,603 1,330 533 797
2001-02 52,375 3.6 16,457 35,918 7,097 2,270 4,827 1,291 532 759
2002-03 53,699 2.5 16,738 36,961 7,428 2,433 4,995 1,246 492 754
2003-04 53,984 0.5 16,792 37,192 7,956 2,459 5,497 1,207 479 728
2004-05 54,379 0.7 17,154 37,225 8,468 2,615 5,853 1,212 494 718
                     
2005-06 55,096 1.3 17,316 37,780 8,845 2,860 5,985 1,254 510 744
2006-07 55,122 # 17,475 37,647 8,742 2,867 5,875 1,178 478 700
2007-08 55,038 # 17,681 37,357 9,161 3,027 6,134 1,262 453 809
2008-09 55,462 0.8 17,973 37,489 9,261 3,001 6,260 1,271 464 807
2009-10 53,231 -4.0 17,050 36,181 9,201 3,006 6,195 1,332 522 810
                     
Percent change                    
1999-2000 to
     2004-05
8.5 6.4 9.5 20.6 13.0 24.3 -17.6 -19.1 -16.4
2004-05 to
     2009-10
-2.1 -0.6 -2.8 8.7 15.0 5.8 9.9 5.7 12.8
†Not applicable.
#Rounds to zero.
NOTE: Data through 1994-95 are for institutions of higher education, while later data are for degree-granting institutions. Degree-granting institutions grant associate’s or higher degrees and participate in Title IV federal financial aid programs. The degree-granting classification is very similar to the earlier higher education classification, but it includes more 2-year colleges and excludes a few higher education institutions that did not grant degrees. (See Appendix A: Guide to Sources for details.) Some data have been revised from previously published figures.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Earned Degrees Conferred, 1949-50 and 1959-60; Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS), "Degrees and Other Formal Awards Conferred" surveys, 1967-68 through 1985-86; Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), "Completions Survey" (IPEDS-C:87-99); and IPEDS Fall 2000 through Fall 2010, Completions component. (This table was prepared August 2011.)
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