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Status and Trends in the Education of American Indians and Alaska Natives
Indicator 7.6: Bachelor's Degrees Earned by Field

Figure 7.6. Percentage of bachelor's degrees conferred in total and to American Indians/Alaska Natives by degree-granting institutions in the 10 most popular fields of study: 2002-03
Percentage of bachelor's degrees conferred in total and to American Indians/Alaska Natives by degree-granting institutions in the 10 most popular fields of study: 2002-03
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Digest of Education Statistics, 2004 (forthcoming), based on Integrated Postsecondary Data System (IPEDS), Fall 2003.

While American Indian/Alaska Native students were more likely to have earned their bachelor's degrees in business than in other fields, they were less likely to have earned their degrees in business than students of other racial/ethnic groups.

In the 2002-03 school year, business, education, and social sciences were the most popular majors among American Indians/Alaska Natives earning bachelor's degrees. Twenty percent of American Indian/Alaska Native college and university graduates studied business, while 11 percent studied a social science or history and 10 percent studied education. As compared with 2002-03 graduates in general, American Indians/Alaska Natives were less likely to earn business degrees and more likely to earn education degrees. There was a difference of less than 1 percent between the percentage of degree recipients of American Indians/Alaska Natives and the total population for psychology, health professions and related clinical sciences, and biological and biomedical sciences.

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