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Indicator II-3 Institutional Distribution of Undergraduate Humanities Degrees
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Updated (3/4/2010) with data from 2007.

In 2007, the nation’s research universities were the biggest producers of humanities undergraduate degrees (Figure II-3a;; this indicator uses the 2000 edition of the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education to categorize the nation’s postsecondary schools1). Just under half of all humanities bachelor’s degrees were awarded by such institutions, an unsurprising finding in view of the size of these schools. Approximately one-third of humanities undergraduate degrees were awarded by master’s colleges. Baccalaureate colleges bestowed 17% of all humanities bachelor’s degrees, with liberal arts institutions responsible for the bulk of these.

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Doctorate/research institutions may produce the largest number of humanities degrees, but the campuses of the liberal arts colleges were home to the highest concentration of students engaged in humanistic education (Figure II-3b). More than one-quarter of all degrees awarded by such colleges were in the humanities. On the largest research campuses, the humanities were not nearly as dominant, representing only 12% of all bachelor’s degrees conferred by these institutions.

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1 For a complete description of the classification, see the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Learning, 2000 Edition (Menlo Park, CA: Carnegie Publications, 2001), http://classifications.carnegiefoundation.org/downloads/2000_edition_data_printable.pdf. In 2005, the foundation revised its classification (for more information about the new system, see http://www.carnegiefoundation.org/classifications/). The earlier edition is cited here because it is the version used by the National Center for Education Statistics, the collector of the degree completion data that are the basis of this indicator.

2000 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Learning

Reproduced from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Learning, 2000 Edition: A Technical Report (Menlo Park, CA: Carnegie Publications, 2001), 1, http://classifications.carnegiefoundation.org/downloads/2000_edition_data_printable.pdf.

Doctoral Institutions

Doctoral/Research Universities—Extensive: These institutions typically offer a wide range of baccalaureate programs, and they are committed to graduate education through the doctorate. During the period studied, they awarded 50 or more doctoral degrees per year across at least 15 disciplines.

Doctoral/Research Universities—Intensive: These institutions typically offer a wide range of baccalaureate programs, and they are committed to graduate education through the doctorate. During the period studied, they awarded at least 10 doctoral degrees per year across three or more disciplines, or at least 20 doctoral degrees per year overall.

Master’s Colleges and Universities

Master’s Colleges and Universities I: These institutions typically offer a wide range of baccalaureate programs, and they are committed to graduate education through the master’s degree. During the period studied, they awarded 40 or more master’s degrees per year across three or more disciplines.

Master’s Colleges and Universities II: These institutions typically offer a wide range of baccalaureate programs, and they are committed to graduate education through the master’s degree. During the period studied, they awarded 20 or more master’s degrees per year.

Baccalaureate Colleges

Baccalaureate Colleges—Liberal Arts: These institutions are primarily undergraduate colleges emphasizing baccalaureate programs. During the period studied, they awarded at least half of their baccalaureate degrees in liberal arts fields.

Baccalaureate Colleges—General: These institutions are primarily undergraduate colleges emphasizing baccalaureate programs. During the period studied, they awarded less than half of their baccalaureate degrees in liberal arts fields.

Baccalaureate/Associate’s Colleges: These institutions are undergraduate colleges where the majority of conferrals are below the baccalaureate level (associate’s degrees and certificates). During the period studied, bachelor’s degrees accounted for at least 10 percent of undergraduate awards.

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