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Table 250. -  Bachelor's degrees conferred by institutions of higher education, by discipline division: 1970-71 to 1995-96
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            Discipline division                 |1970-71 |1975-76 |1980-81 |1983-84 |1984-85 |1985-86 |1986-87 |1987-88 | 1988-89  | 1989-90  | 1990-91  | 1991-92  | 1992-93  | 1993-94  | 1994-95  | 1995-96
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                   1                            |   2    |   3    |   4    |   5    |   6    |   7    |   8    |   9    |    10    |    11    |    12    |    13    |    14    |    15    |    16    |    17
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     Total .....................................|839,730 |925,746 |935,140 |974,309 |979,477 |987,823 |991,264 |994,829 |1,018,755 |1,051,344 |1,094,538 |1,136,553 |1,165,178 |1,169,275 |1,160,134 |1,164,792
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Agriculture and natural resources ..............| 12,672 | 19,402 | 21,886 | 19,317 | 18,107 | 16,823 | 14,991 | 14,222 |   13,492 |   12,900 |   13,124 |   15,124 |   16,778 |   18,070 |   19,841 |   21,431
Architecture and related programs ..............|  5,570 |  9,146 |  9,455 |  9,186 |  9,325 |  9,119 |  8,950 |  8,603 |    9,150 |    9,364 |    9,781 |    8,753 |    9,167 |    8,975 |    8,756 |    8,352
Area, ethnic and cultural studies ..............|  2,582 |  3,577 |  2,887 |  3,005 |  2,985 |  3,178 |  3,427 |  3,601 |    4,102 |    4,613 |    4,884 |    5,342 |    5,481 |    5,573 |    5,706 |    5,786
Biological sciences/life sciences ..............| 35,743 | 54,275 | 43,216 | 38,640 | 38,445 | 38,524 | 38,121 | 36,755 |   36,059 |   37,204 |   39,530 |   42,941 |   47,038 |   51,383 |   55,984 |   60,994
Business .......................................|114,729 |142,034 |198,983 |229,478 |232,636 |237,319 |240,546 |243,021 |  246,399 |  248,698 |  249,311 |  256,603 |  256,842 |  246,654 |  234,323 |  227,102
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Communications .................................| 10,324 | 20,045 | 29,428 | 38,586 | 40,358 | 41,666 | 43,953 | 45,410 |   47,405 |   50,114 |   51,650 |   54,257 |   53,874 |   51,164 |   48,104 |   47,320
Communications technologies ....................|    478 |  1,237 |  1,854 |  1,527 |  1,644 |  1,410 |  1,384 |  1,239 |    1,204 |    1,194 |    1,123 |      720 |      832 |      663 |      699 |      683
Computer and information sciences ..............|  2,388 |  5,652 | 15,121 | 32,172 | 38,878 | 41,889 | 39,589 | 34,523 |   30,454 |   27,257 |   25,083 |   24,557 |   24,200 |   24,200 |   24,404 |   24,098
Education ......................................|176,307 |154,437 |108,074 | 92,299 | 88,072 | 87,114 | 86,936 | 91,112 |   96,913 |  105,112 |  110,807 |  108,006 |  107,781 |  107,600 |  106,079 |  105,509
Engineering ....................................| 44,898 | 38,388 | 63,287 | 75,638 | 77,066 | 76,225 | 73,747 | 69,380 |   66,099 |   63,609 |   61,531 |   61,206 |   61,973 |   62,220 |   62,342 |   62,114
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Engineering-related technologies ...............|  5,148 |  7,943 | 11,713 | 18,547 | 18,762 | 19,435 | 19,069 | 19,126 |   18,903 |   17,713 |   17,119 |   16,335 |   16,078 |   16,005 |   15,812 |   15,323
English language and literature/letters ........| 64,342 | 42,006 | 32,254 | 32,834 | 33,218 | 34,552 | 36,284 | 38,661 |   42,470 |   47,519 |   51,841 |   54,951 |   56,133 |   53,924 |   51,901 |   50,698
Foreign languages and literatures...............| 20,536 | 16,484 | 11,273 | 10,384 | 10,827 | 10,984 | 11,034 | 10,926 |   11,693 |   12,386 |   13,133 |   13,903 |   14,387 |   14,378 |   13,775 |   13,952
Health professions and related sciences ........| 25,226 | 53,958 | 63,649 | 64,288 | 64,422 | 64,396 | 63,103 | 60,644 |   59,005 |   58,302 |   59,070 |   61,720 |   67,089 |   74,421 |   79,855 |   84,036
Home economics and vocational home economics ...| 11,167 | 17,409 | 18,370 | 15,948 | 15,157 | 14,889 | 14,417 | 14,320 |   14,160 |   14,491 |   14,892 |   14,898 |   15,100 |   15,522 |   15,345 |   15,803
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Law and legal studies ..........................|    545 |    531 |    776 |  1,272 |  1,157 |  1,197 |  1,178 |  1,303 |    1,976 |    1,592 |    1,758 |    2,144 |    2,056 |    2,171 |    2,032 |    2,052
Liberal arts and sciences,                      |        |        |        |        |        |        |        |        |          |          |          |          |          |          |          |
  general studies, and humanities ..............|  7,481 | 18,855 | 21,643 | 21,479 | 21,818 | 21,336 | 23,717 | 24,274 |   26,388 |   27,985 |   30,526 |   32,174 |   33,456 |   33,397 |   33,356 |   33,997
Library science ................................|  1,013 |    843 |    375 |    252 |    197 |    155 |    136 |    119 |      121 |       77 |       90 |       97 |       83 |       62 |       50 |       58
Mathematics ....................................| 24,937 | 16,329 | 11,433 | 13,764 | 15,861 | 17,147 | 16,999 | 16,608 |   15,994 |   15,176 |   15,310 |   14,783 |   14,812 |   14,396 |   13,723 |   13,143
Multi/interdisciplinary studies ................|  6,286 | 13,588 | 12,848 | 13,940 | 12,978 | 13,489 | 13,933 | 14,723 |   15,168 |   16,267 |   17,561 |   20,647 |   23,955 |   25,167 |   26,033 |   26,515
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Parks, recreation, leisure and fitness studies .|  1,621 |  5,182 |  5,729 |  4,850 |  4,725 |  4,620 |  4,264 |  4,235 |    4,376 |    4,582 |    4,315 |    8,446 |    9,859 |   11,470 |   12,889 |   13,983
Philosophy and religion ........................|  8,146 |  8,447 |  6,776 |  6,435 |  6,400 |  6,239 |  5,984 |  5,963 |    6,425 |    6,868 |    7,315 |    7,526 |    7,781 |    7,546 |    7,276 |    7,388
Physical sciences and science technologies......| 21,412 | 21,465 | 23,952 | 23,651 | 23,704 | 21,717 | 20,070 | 17,806 |   17,186 |   16,066 |   16,344 |   16,960 |   17,545 |   18,400 |   19,177 |   19,647
Precision production trades.....................|    --- |    --- |    --- |    371 |    553 |    400 |    455 |    481 |      482 |      528 |      460 |      378 |      388 |      420 |      353 |      401
Protective services ............................|  2,045 | 12,507 | 13,707 | 12,654 | 12,510 | 12,704 | 12,930 | 13,367 |   14,698 |   15,354 |   16,806 |   18,855 |   20,902 |   23,009 |   24,157 |   24,810
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Psychology .....................................| 38,187 | 50,278 | 41,068 | 39,955 | 39,900 | 40,628 | 42,994 | 45,187 |   48,910 |   53,952 |   58,655 |   63,513 |   66,728 |   69,259 |   72,083 |   73,291
Public administration and services .............|  5,466 | 15,440 | 16,707 | 12,570 | 11,754 | 11,887 | 12,328 | 12,385 |   13,162 |   13,908 |   14,350 |   15,987 |   16,775 |   17,815 |   18,586 |   19,849
R.O.T.C. and military technologies .............|    357 |    952 |     42 |    195 |    299 |    256 |    384 |     82 |      198 |      196 |      183 |      184 |       11 |       19 |       27 |        7
Social sciences and history.....................|155,324 |126,396 |100,513 | 93,323 | 91,570 | 93,840 | 96,342 |100,460 |  108,151 |  118,083 |  125,107 |  133,974 |  135,703 |  133,680 |  128,154 |  126,479
Theological studies/religious vocations ........|  3,744 |  5,520 |  5,841 |  5,920 |  6,047 |  5,607 |  5,730 |  5,565 |    5,318 |    5,200 |    4,813 |    4,729 |    5,433 |    5,434 |    5,578 |    5,358
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Transportation and material moving workers .....|    662 |  1,282 |  1,801 |  1,698 |  1,962 |  1,837 |  1,654 |  1,983 |    2,062 |    2,387 |    2,622 |    3,598 |    3,930 |    3,923 |    3,698 |    3,561
Visual and performing arts .....................| 30,394 | 42,138 | 40,479 | 40,131 | 38,140 | 37,241 | 36,615 | 36,944 |   38,227 |   39,934 |   42,186 |   46,522 |   47,761 |   49,053 |   48,690 |   49,296
Not classified by field of study ...............|      0 |      0 |      0 |      0 |      0 |      0 |      0 |  1,801 |    2,405 |    2,713 |   13,258 |    6,720 |    5,247 |    3,302 |    1,346 |    1,756
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---Data not available or not applicable.

NOTE.--The new Classification of Instructional Programs was initiated in 1991-92. The figures for earlier years have been reclassified when necessary to make them conform to the new taxonomy. To facilitate trend comparisons, certain aggregations have been made of the degree fields as reported in the IPEDS "Completions" survey: "Agriculture and natural resources" includes Agricultural business and production, Agricultural sciences, and Conservation and renewable natural resources; "Business" includes Business management and administrative services, Marketing operations/marketing and distribution, and Consumer and personal services; and "Engineering-related technologies" includes Engineering-related technologies, Mechanics and repairers, and Construction trades.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS), "Degrees and Other Formal Awards Conferred" surveys, and Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), "Completions" surveys. (This table was prepared May 1998.)


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