Digest of Education Statistics
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Table 353. 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 2010-11
Year Bachelor's degrees Master's degrees Doctor's degrees
Total Males Females Females as
a percent
of total
Total Males Females Total Males Females
Number Annual
percent
change
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
1949-50 17,240 8,221 9,019 52.3 2,259 1,320 939 230 181 49
1959-60 20,128 7,580 12,548 62.3 2,931 1,458 1,473 397 314 83
1967-68 47,977 15,700 32,277 67.3 7,916 3,434 4,482 977 717 260
1969-70 56,410 18,650 37,760 66.9 8,517 3,326 5,191 1,213 837 376
                       
1970-71 63,914 13.3 22,005 41,909 65.6 10,441 4,126 6,315 1,554 1,107 447
1971-72 63,707 -0.3 22,580 41,127 64.6 10,412 4,066 6,346 1,734 1,173 561
1972-73 60,607 -4.9 22,022 38,585 63.7 10,035 3,988 6,047 1,817 1,189 628
1973-74 54,190 -10.6 20,082 34,108 62.9 9,573 3,824 5,749 1,755 1,142 613
1974-75 47,062 -13.2 17,689 29,373 62.4 9,178 3,463 5,715 1,595 974 621
                       
1975-76 41,452 -11.9 15,898 25,554 61.6 8,599 3,290 5,309 1,514 895 619
1976-77 37,343 -9.9 14,135 23,208 62.1 7,824 2,907 4,917 1,373 768 605
1977-78 34,799 -6.8 12,972 21,827 62.7 7,444 2,623 4,821 1,272 698 574
1978-79 33,218 -4.5 12,085 21,133 63.6 6,503 2,307 4,196 1,186 639 547
1979-80 32,187 -3.1 11,237 20,950 65.1 6,026 2,181 3,845 1,196 635 561
                       
1980-81 31,922 -0.8 11,082 20,840 65.3 5,742 2,026 3,716 1,040 497 543
1981-82 33,078 3.6 11,300 21,778 65.8 5,593 1,916 3,677 986 467 519
1982-83 31,327 -5.3 10,699 20,628 65.8 4,866 1,653 3,213 877 419 458
1983-84 32,296 3.1 11,007 21,289 65.9 4,814 1,681 3,133 899 413 486
1984-85 32,686 1.2 11,195 21,491 65.7 4,987 1,723 3,264 915 414 501
                       
1985-86 34,083 4.3 11,657 22,426 65.8 5,335 1,811 3,524 895 390 505
1986-87 35,667 4.6 12,133 23,534 66.0 5,298 1,819 3,479 853 367 486
1987-88 38,106 6.8 12,687 25,419 66.7 5,366 1,796 3,570 858 380 478
1988-89 41,786 9.7 13,729 28,057 67.1 5,716 1,930 3,786 929 405 524
1989-90 46,803 12.0 15,437 31,366 67.0 6,317 2,125 4,192 986 444 542
                       
1990-91 51,064 9.1 16,891 34,173 66.9 6,784 2,203 4,581 1,056 469 587
1991-92 54,250 6.2 18,314 35,936 66.2 7,215 2,441 4,774 1,142 484 658
1992-93 55,289 1.9 19,007 36,282 65.6 7,537 2,570 4,967 1,201 495 706
1993-94 53,150 -3.9 18,214 34,936 65.7 7,611 2,620 4,991 1,205 512 693
1994-95 51,170 -3.7 17,581 33,589 65.6 7,612 2,672 4,940 1,393 589 804
                       
1995-96 49,928 -2.4 17,007 32,921 65.9 7,657 2,727 4,930 1,395 535 860
1996-97 48,641 -2.6 16,325 32,316 66.4 7,487 2,650 4,837 1,431 610 821
1997-98 49,016 0.8 16,280 32,736 66.8 7,587 2,568 5,019 1,489 611 878
1998-99 49,877 1.8 16,332 33,545 67.3 7,326 2,452 4,874 1,412 554 858
1999-2000 50,106 0.5 16,124 33,982 67.8 7,022 2,315 4,707 1,470 611 859
                       
2000-01 50,569 0.9 15,997 34,572 68.4 6,763 2,160 4,603 1,330 533 797
2001-02 52,375 3.6 16,457 35,918 68.6 7,097 2,270 4,827 1,291 532 759
2002-03 53,699 2.5 16,738 36,961 68.8 7,428 2,433 4,995 1,246 492 754
2003-04 53,984 0.5 16,792 37,192 68.9 7,956 2,459 5,497 1,207 479 728
2004-05 54,379 0.7 17,154 37,225 68.5 8,468 2,615 5,853 1,212 494 718
                       
2005-06 55,096 1.3 17,316 37,780 68.6 8,845 2,860 5,985 1,254 510 744
2006-07 55,122 # 17,475 37,647 68.3 8,742 2,867 5,875 1,178 478 700
2007-08 55,038 # 17,681 37,357 67.9 9,161 3,027 6,134 1,262 453 809
2008-09 55,462 0.8 17,973 37,489 67.6 9,261 3,001 6,260 1,271 464 807
2009-10 53,231 -4.0 17,050 36,181 68.0 9,201 3,006 6,195 1,332 522 810
2010-11 52,744 -0.9 16,916 35,828 67.9 9,476 3,137 6,339 1,344 529 815
                       
Percent change                      
2000-01 to 2005-06 9.0 8.2 9.3 30.8 32.4 30.0 -5.7 -4.3 -6.6
2005-06 to 2010-11 -4.3 -2.3 -5.2 7.1 9.7 5.9 7.2 3.7 9.5
†Not applicable.
#Rounds to zero.
NOTE: Degree-granting institutions grant associate’s or higher degrees and participate in Title IV federal financial aid programs.
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 2011, Completions component. (This table was prepared July 2012.)

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