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The Most Popular College Majors [infographic]

The latest data from the National Center for Education Statistics reveals the most popular study areas for college undergraduate students and grad students. The numbers might surprise you!

Undergraduate students

In the academic year of 2009-10 a total of 1,650,014 college and university students earned their Bachelor’s Degree. That’s 33% more than graduating class 10 years earlier. Well over half of those graduating were female students (57.2%).

Top 10 Bachelor’s Degrees awarded by field of study 2009-2010

Study Area Number of Graduates
Business, management, marketing, and personal and culinary services 358,293
Social sciences and history 172,780
Health professions and related programs 129,634
Education 101,265
Psychology 97,216
Visual and performing arts 91,802
Engineering and engineering technologies 88,729
Biological and biomedical sciences 86,400
Communication and communications technologies 86,048
English language and literature/letters 53,231

Graduate students

In the academic year of 2009-10 a total of 693,025 college and university students earned their Master’s Degree. That’s 50% more than graduated 10 years earlier. Again, well over half of those graduates were females (60.3%).

Top 10 Master’s Degrees awarded by degree granting institutions 2009-2010

Study Area Number of Graduates
Education 182,139
Business 177,694
Health professions and related programs 69,084
Engineering and engineering technologies 39,346
Public administration and social services 35,729
Psychology 23,752
Social sciences and history 20,222
Computer and information sciences 17,953
Visual and performing arts 15,552
Theology and religious vocations 12,824

A special thanks to Marianne and Chris at the Salt Lake Community College bookstore, who let us come in and photograph textbooks to make this graphic.

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A picture of the above infographic in the making. 64 hard-bound textbooks, 1 bedsheet and 1 plastic sled. That’s right. How else do you think we could make a circle so amazingly tight?

The Most Popular College Majors [infographic]

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