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Table 296. 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 2005-06
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 49,800 1.6 16,285 33,515 7,288 2,442 4,846 1,407 560 847
1999–2000 50,106 0.6 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
2002–031  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
Percent change                    
1995–96 to 2000–01 1.3 -5.9 5.0 -11.7 -20.8 -6.6 -4.7 -0.4 -7.3
2000–01 to 2005–06 9.0 8.2 9.3 30.8 32.4 30.0 -5.7 -4.3 -6.6
† Not applicable.
1 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; and 1986–87 through 2005–06 Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, "Completions Survey" (IPEDS-C:87–99), and Fall 2000 through Fall 2006. (This table was prepared June 2007.)

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