For the 3rd year in a row more than 1,000 graduate school degrees awarded in history

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Robert B. Townsend is the Director, Washington Office of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

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Results from new updated studies published by Humanities Indicators, a Project of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences:  New data about graduate degree trends and jobs.

In 2015, history programs awarded more than 1,000 degrees for the third year in a row—the first time since the early 1970s—even though the number fell 4%. Meanwhile, the number of students receiving master's degrees fell 6% in the most recent year. The number still remains substantially above the number earned each year before 2011, but as a share of the overall “market” of master’s degree recipients, history is now falling to near historic lows (just .4%). 

These updates also include the latest demographic trends on recipients of advanced degrees in history. At both the master’s and doctoral level, traditionally underrepresented minorities now account for about 11% of history degree recipients. Among master’s degree recipients that is substantially below the average for the humanities and for all degree recipients, while at the doctoral level history is near the average (see http://bit.ly/2wAY5dy). History is also one of just four humanities disciplines in which women earn less than half of the graduate degrees in the discipline (http://bit.ly/2w9Wo5T), with the shares largely unchanged in recent years.



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