Class of 2009: College Degrees by Discipline, Sex
|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%|
|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%|
|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%|
|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%|
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.