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Postsecondary Taxonomy

The following exhibits list the postsecondary taxonomies used to classify students' majors. The postsecondary taxonomies link to the Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) codes, as indicated in the exhibits.

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Exhibit 1. Postsecondary taxonomy categories and 2-digit Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) 2010 codes, for academic and occupational education: Used for all tables except as noted below in Exhibit 2
Academic education  
Visual and performing arts 50
Foreign languages 16
Liberal arts 24
Philosophy and religious studies 38
Interdisciplinary studies 30
English/letters 23
Natural sciences and mathematics  
Biological sciences 26
Physical sciences 40
Mathematics 27
Social sciences and history  
Social sciences (includes anthropology, economics, geography, political science/government, and sociology) 45
Area/ethnic studies 05
History 54
Psychology 42
Occupational education  
Agriculture and natural resources  
Agriculture 01
Natural resources 03
Business and marketing 52
Communication and communications technologies  
Communication and journalism 09
Communications technologies 10
Computer and information sciences 11
Consumer services  
Family and consumer sciences (includes child care, family studies, and nutrition services) 19
Personal and culinary services 12
Parks, recreation, and fitness 31
Education 13
Engineering, architecture, and science technologies  
Architecture 04
Engineering 14
Engineering technologies 15
Military technologies 29
Science technologies 41
Health sciences 51
Protective services  
Protective services 43
Military science 28
Public, legal, and social services  
Legal professions and studies 22
Library science 25
Public administration and social services 44
Theology and religious vocations 39
Manufacturing, construction, repair, and transportation  
Construction 46
Repair 47
Manufacturing 48
Transportation 49
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Exhibit 2. Postsecondary taxonomy categories and Classification of Instruction Programs (CIP) 2000 codes, for academic education and career education: Used for “Persistence and Attainment” tables and “Labor Market Outcomes” tables
Postsecondary taxonomy categories CIP 2000 code
Liberal Arts (Academic) Education  
Fine/performing arts (excludes design; includes dance,
  film/video/photographic arts, fine arts and music)
50., except 50.04
Foreign languages 16.
Liberal/general studies 24.
Philosophy and religion 38.
Interdisciplinary studies 30.
Letters/English 23.
Mathematics 27.
Biological/life sciences 26.
Physical sciences 40.
Social and behavioral sciences  
Social sciences (includes anthropology, economics, geography,
  political science/government, and sociology)
Area/ethnic studies 05.
History 54.
Psychology 42.
Career Education (career/technical education at the subbaccalaureate level)
Agriculture and natural resources  
Agriculture 01.
Natural resources/conservation 03.
Business management (includes accounting, entrepreneurship,
  finance management, and management information systems)
52., except 52.04, 52.14, 52.15, 52.18, 52.19
Business support 52.04
Communications and design  
Communications technologies 10.
Design (includes commercial art, fashion design,
  and interior design)
Journalism and other communications 09.
Computer and information sciences 11
Consumer services  
Family and consumer sciences (includes child care,
  family studies, and nutrition services)
19., except 19.09
Personal and culinary services 12.
Parks, recreation and fitness 31.
Education 13.
Engineering, architecture and science technologies  
Architecture 04.
Engineering 14.
Engineering technologies 15.
Military technologies 29.
Science technologies 41.
Health sciences 51.
Marketing 52.14
Real estate 52.15
Sales and merchandising 52.18, 52.19
Protective services 43.
Public, legal, and social services  
Law/legal studies 22.
Library sciences 25.
Public administration and social service 44.
Theology 39.
Manufacturing, construction, repair, and transportation  
Apparel and textiles 19.09
Construction 46.
Repair 47.
Manufacturing 48.
Transportation 49.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2002). Classification of Instructional Programs: 2000.