From Mark J. Perry’s Carpe Diem blog:

Class of 2009: College Degrees by Discipline, Sex

 

 

Academic Discipline Male
Degrees
Female
Degrees
Percent Female
Female-Dominated Disciplines
Family and consumer sciences/human sciences 2,754 19,151 87.4%
Health professions and related clinical sciences 17,792 102,696 85.2%
Public administration and social service professions 4,374 19,477 81.7%
Education 21,159 80,549 79.2%
Psychology 21,488 72,783 77.2%
Legal professions and studies 1,037 2,785 72.9%
Foreign languages, literatures, and linguistics 6,302 14,856 70.2%
Area, ethnic, cultural, and gender studies 2,735 6,037 68.8%
Multi/interdisciplinary studies 11,857 25,587 68.3%
English language and literature 17,973 37,489 67.6%
Liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities 16,616 30,480 64.7%
Communication and communications technologies 31,218 51,891 62.4%
Visual and performing arts 35,051 54,089 60.7%
Biological and biomedical sciences 32,925 47,831 59.2%
Close to Gender Parity
Security and protective services 21,073 20,727 49.6%
Social sciences and history 85,197 83,303 49.4%
Business, management, marketing 177,862 170,123 48.9%
Agriculture and natural resources 13,101 11,887 47.6%
Parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies 16,666 15,001 47.4%
Male-Dominated Disciplines
Mathematics and statistics 8,793 6,703 43.3%
Architecture and related services 5,797 4,322 42.7%
Physical sciences and science technologies 13,299 9,167 40.8%
Philosophy and religious studies 7,761 4,683 37.6%
Theology and religious vocations 5,950 2,990 33.4%
Computer and information sciences and support services 31,215 6,779 17.8%
Engineering and engineering technologies 70,675 13,961 16.5%
All Disciplines 685,382 915,986 57.2%
The table above is based on the most recent data on bachelor’s degrees by discipline and sex for the class of 2009 from the Department of Education. Note that:
1. Overall, there were 134 female college graduates with bachelor’s degrees in 2009 for every 100 men.
2. Women significantly outnumbered men in 14 academic disciplines, men significantly outnumber women in 7 academic disciplines, and there was approximate gender parity in 5 disciplines.
3. Even though we constantly hear about female under-representation in science, in 2009, women outnumbered men for bachelor’s degrees in biology by a ratio of 145 women per 100 men.
4. The concern about gender imbalances for college degrees is frequently selective, with great concern about female under-representation in certain disciplines, but very little concern about female over-representation, both by discipline, and overall for all college degrees.
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