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Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Minorities
NCES 2010-015
July 2010

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Table 26.2.

Percentage of degrees awarded by degree-granting institutions in the most popular fields of study, by race/ethnicity and level of study: 200708


Level and field of study Total1      White      Black      Hispanic Asian/
Pacific Islander
American Indian/
Alaska Native
Bachelor's degrees            
Total 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Biological and biomedical sciences 5.0 4.5 4.0 4.2 11.9 4.5
Business 21.4 20.4 24.9 21.2 22.6 19.3
Communication and communications technologies 5.2 5.5 5.3 4.7 3.4 4.0
Education 6.6 7.7 4.3 4.4 1.9 7.9
Engineering and engineering technologies 5.3 5.2 3.0 4.4 8.7 4.2
English language and literature/letters 3.5 3.9 2.8 3.1 2.4 3.2
Health professions and related
clinical sciences
7.1 7.3 8.4 5.5 6.5 7.2
Psychology 5.9 5.7 7.2 7.2 5.8 5.9
Social sciences and history 10.7 10.6 10.0 11.9 12.0 12.0
Visual and performing arts 5.6 6.0 3.4 5.2 5.3 5.3
             
Master's degrees            
Total 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Biological and biomedical sciences 1.5 1.4 0.9 1.3 3.0 1.7
Business 24.9 22.1 31.6 23.2 36.4 22.6
Computer and information sciences 2.7 1.5 1.7 1.3 5.1 1.4
Education 28.1 33.0 27.7 32.7 12.2 32.2
Engineering and engineering technologies 5.5 3.4 1.9 3.5 10.6 2.7
Health professions and related clinical sciences 9.3 10.1 9.4 8.9 11.1 10.8
Psychology 3.4 3.7 4.5 4.6 2.4 3.4
Public administration and social services 5.3 5.1 9.5 7.5 3.8 7.8
Social sciences and history 3.0 2.9 2.0 2.6 2.5 2.4
Visual and performing arts 2.3 2.4 1.0 1.8 2.3 1.4
             
Doctor's degrees            
Total 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Biological and biomedical sciences 10.9 10.1 6.2 11.1 16.4 6.3
Business 3.3 2.8 5.8 2.6 3.2 5.5
Computer and information sciences 2.7 1.4 0.8 0.6 2.8 0.0
Education 13.3 15.4 36.8 19.4 7.8 22.4
Engineering and engineering technologies 12.8 6.5 3.6 6.1 15.3 5.9
Health professions and related clinical sciences 15.5 21.3 11.7 15.8 15.9 16.5
Physical sciences and science technologies 7.5 6.1 2.4 5.3 6.7 2.9
Psychology 8.3 10.8 9.2 14.3 8.8 16.2
Social sciences and history 6.4 6.2 4.7 7.1 5.7 5.5
Visual and performing arts 2.3 2.6 1.1 1.5 2.4 1.8
1 Includes degrees conferred to nonresident aliens not separately shown.
NOTE: 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. Detail does not sum to totals because degree-granting institutions conferred degrees in many other fields not shown separately. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2007–08 Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), Fall 2008.
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