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Table 297. Bachelor's degrees conferred by degree-granting institutions, by sex, race/ethnicity, and field of study: 2008-09
Field of study Total Males Females
Total White Black His- panic Asian/ Pacific Islander American Indian/ Alaska Native Non- resi- dent alien Total White Black His- panic Asian/ Pacific Islander American Indian/ Alaska Native Non- resi- dent alien Total White Black His- panic Asian/ Pacific Islander American Indian/ Alaska Native Non- resi- dent alien
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
All fields, total 1,601,368 1,144,612 156,615 129,526 112,510 12,222 45,883 685,382 503,356 53,473 50,628 50,743 4,849 22,333 915,986 641,256 103,142 78,898 61,767 7,373 23,550
Agriculture and natural resources 24,988 21,441 742 1,128 1,075 268 334 13,101 11,496 355 489 477 133 151 11,887 9,945 387 639 598 135 183
Architecture and related services 10,119 7,215 486 1,017 922 65 414 5,797 4,237 288 607 438 32 195 4,322 2,978 198 410 484 33 219
Area, ethnic, cultural, and gender studies 8,772 4,804 1,192 1,241 1,087 209 239 2,735 1,493 380 353 359 68 82 6,037 3,311 812 888 728 141 157
Biological and biomedical sciences 80,756 52,251 6,379 5,539 13,666 590 2,331 32,925 22,076 1,755 2,199 5,754 232 909 47,831 30,175 4,624 3,340 7,912 358 1,422
Business 347,985 237,403 39,532 27,972 25,493 2,216 15,369 177,862 128,420 15,035 12,773 12,685 1,046 7,903 170,123 108,983 24,497 15,199 12,808 1,170 7,466
                                           
Communications, journalism, and related programs 78,009 59,112 7,636 5,677 3,565 472 1,547 27,519 21,346 2,594 1,797 1,098 169 515 50,490 37,766 5,042 3,880 2,467 303 1,032
Communications technologies 5,100 3,642 462 507 308 37 144 3,699 2,668 299 397 207 29 99 1,401 974 163 110 101 8 45
Computer and information sciences 37,994 25,607 4,322 2,792 3,216 238 1,819 31,215 21,996 2,813 2,250 2,568 170 1,418 6,779 3,611 1,509 542 648 68 401
Construction trades 168 138 13 9 8 0 0 163 136 10 9 8 0 0 5 2 3 0 0 0 0
Education 101,708 85,338 6,645 5,832 1,974 926 993 21,159 17,674 1,601 1,008 426 189 261 80,549 67,664 5,044 4,824 1,548 737 732
                                           
Engineering 69,133 47,894 3,259 4,682 8,832 364 4,102 56,716 40,183 2,362 3,716 6,911 286 3,258 12,417 7,711 897 966 1,921 78 844
Engineering technologies1  15,112 11,591 1,373 960 611 141 436 13,589 10,614 1,124 844 524 118 365 1,523 977 249 116 87 23 71
English language and literature/letters 55,462 43,579 4,225 3,982 2,805 384 487 17,973 14,536 1,092 1,270 817 117 141 37,489 29,043 3,133 2,712 1,988 267 346
Family and consumer sciences 21,905 16,410 2,437 1,464 1,108 198 288 2,754 1,958 394 164 160 21 57 19,151 14,452 2,043 1,300 948 177 231
Foreign languages, literatures, and linguistics 21,158 14,872 919 3,525 1,246 131 465 6,302 4,583 237 922 395 44 121 14,856 10,289 682 2,603 851 87 344
                                           
Health professions and related clinical sciences 120,488 87,999 13,827 7,430 8,237 928 2,067 17,792 12,295 1,987 1,255 1,726 135 394 102,696 75,704 11,840 6,175 6,511 793 1,673
Legal professions and studies 3,822 2,443 656 407 255 28 33 1,037 713 126 91 89 7 11 2,785 1,730 530 316 166 21 22
Liberal arts and sciences, general studies,
   and humanities
47,096 31,908 6,701 4,585 1,653 610 1,639 16,616 11,781 2,188 1,266 522 232 627 30,480 20,127 4,513 3,319 1,131 378 1,012
Library science 78 74 2 2 0 0 0 8 7 0 1 0 0 0 70 67 2 1 0 0 0
Mathematics and statistics 15,496 11,213 876 993 1,598 72 744 8,793 6,346 458 570 929 35 455 6,703 4,867 418 423 669 37 289
                                           
Mechanics and repair technologies 223 174 20 5 9 5 10 207 159 19 5 9 5 10 16 15 1 0 0 0 0
Military technologies 55 44 2 4 2 2 1 54 43 2 4 2 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Multi/interdisciplinary studies 37,444 25,463 3,522 4,474 2,780 305 900 11,857 8,425 992 994 1,027 98 321 25,587 17,038 2,530 3,480 1,753 207 579
Parks, recreation, leisure and fitness studies 31,667 24,251 3,118 2,316 1,210 257 515 16,666 12,515 1,802 1,308 616 132 293 15,001 11,736 1,316 1,008 594 125 222
Philosophy and religious studies 12,444 9,889 761 793 749 101 151 7,761 6,257 421 495 431 64 93 4,683 3,632 340 298 318 37 58
                                           
Physical sciences and science technologies 22,466 16,589 1,315 1,170 2,330 180 882 13,299 10,278 567 642 1,192 104 516 9,167 6,311 748 528 1,138 76 366
Precision production 29 24 1 1 2 0 1 19 15 1 0 2 0 1 10 9 0 1 0 0 0
Psychology 94,271 64,699 11,270 9,609 6,416 672 1,605 21,488 15,061 2,078 2,099 1,749 164 337 72,783 49,638 9,192 7,510 4,667 508 1,268
Public administration and social service
   professions
23,851 14,053 5,498 2,845 883 282 290 4,374 2,703 837 496 216 63 59 19,477 11,350 4,661 2,349 667 219 231
Security and protective services 41,800 25,902 8,011 5,873 1,268 428 318 21,073 14,572 2,881 2,549 728 201 142 20,727 11,330 5,130 3,324 540 227 176
                                           
Social sciences and history 168,500 119,023 15,183 15,088 13,202 1,392 4,612 85,197 63,547 5,806 6,581 6,312 620 2,331 83,303 55,476 9,377 8,507 6,890 772 2,281
Social sciences 133,789 90,330 13,527 12,645 11,821 1,102 4,364 64,757 46,338 4,966 5,184 5,610 462 2,197 69,032 43,992 8,561 7,461 6,211 640 2,167
History 34,711 28,693 1,656 2,443 1,381 290 248 20,440 17,209 840 1,397 702 158 134 14,271 11,484 816 1,046 679 132 114
Theology and religious vocations 8,940 7,534 591 354 219 54 188 5,950 5,118 298 223 145 35 131 2,990 2,416 293 131 74 19 57
Transportation and materials moving 5,189 4,183 304 326 185 46 145 4,631 3,748 270 286 164 38 125 558 435 34 40 21 8 20
Visual and performing arts 89,140 67,850 5,335 6,924 5,596 621 2,814 35,051 26,357 2,401 2,965 2,057 260 1,011 54,089 41,493 2,934 3,959 3,539 361 1,803
Other and not classified 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 Excludes "Construction trades" and "Mechanics and repair technologies," which are listed separately.              
NOTE: Degree-granting institutions grant associate’s or higher degrees and participate in Title IV federal financial aid programs. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Reported racial/ethnic distributions of students by level of degree, field of degree, and sex were used to estimate race/ethnicity for students whose race/ethnicity was not reported. To facilitate trend comparisons, certain aggregations have been made of the degree fields as reported in the IPEDS Fall survey: "Agriculture and natural resources" includes Agriculture, agriculture operations, and related sciences and Natural resources and conservation; and "Business" includes Business management, marketing, and related support services and Personal and culinary services.              
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2008-09 Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), Fall 2009. (This table was prepared September 2010.)              
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