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Bachelor's Degrees Earned by Field, 1980–2005

Field of study 1980 1990 2000 2003 2004 2005
Total 929,417 1,051,344 1,237,875 1,348,503 1,399,542 1,439,264
Agriculture and natural resources 22,802 12,900 24,238 23,294 22,835 23,002
Architecture and related services 9,132 9,364 8,462 9,054 8,838 9,237
Area, ethnic, cultural, and gender studies 2,840 4,447 6,212 6,629 7,181 7,569
Biological and biomedical sciences 46,190 37,204 63,005 60,072 61,509 64,611
Business 186,264 248,568 256,070 293,545 307,149 311,574
Communication, journalism, and related programs1 28,616 51,572 57,058 69,792 73,002 75,238
Computer and information sciences 11,154 27,347 37,788 57,439 59,488 54,111
Education 118,038 105,112 108,034 105,790 106,278 105,451
Engineering and engineering technologies 69,387 82,480 73,419 77,267 78,227 79,743
English language and literature/letters 32,187 46,803 50,106 53,670 53,984 54,379
Family and consumer sciences/human sciences 18,411 13,514 16,321 18,166 19,172 20,074
Foreign languages, literatures, and linguistics 12,480 13,133 15,886 16,901 17,754 18,386
Health professions and related clinical sciences 63,848 58,983 80,863 71,223 73,934 80,685
Legal professions and studies 683 1,632 1,969 2,466 2,841 3,161
Liberal arts and sciences, general studies, and humanities 23,196 27,985 36,104 40,221 42,106 43,751
Mathematics and statistics 11,378 14,276 11,418 12,493 13,327 14,351
Multi/interdisciplinary studies 11,457 16,557 28,561 28,757 29,162 30,243
Parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies 5,753 4,582 17,571 21,428 22,164 22,888
Philosophy and religious studies 7,069 7,034 8,535 10,344 11,152 11,584
Physical sciences and science technologies 23,407 16,056 18,331 17,940 17,983 18,905
Psychology 42,093 53,952 74,194 78,613 82,098 85,614
Public administration and social services 16,644 13,908 20,185 19,878 20,552 21,769
Security and protective services 15,015 15,354 24,877 26,789 28,175 30,723
Social sciences and history 103,662 118,083 127,101 143,218 150,357 156,892
Theology and religious vocations 6,170 5,185 6,789 7,926 8,126 9,284
Transportation and materials moving 213 2,387 3,395 4,567 4,824 4,904
Visual and performing arts 40,892 39,934 58,791 71,474 77,181 80,955
Other and unclassified 436 2,992 2,592 147 143 180
1. Includes technologies.
Source: U.S. National Center for Education Statistics, Digest of Education Statistics, annual; and unpublished data.

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