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American Sociological Association: Sociology Degrees Since 1966
Calculations of degrees awarded are based on the Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS) and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics. Data for doctorate degrees awarded between 2008 and 2012 are derived from the National Science Foundation's Survey of Earned Doctorates for those years. (See Source)
The above graph shows the fluctuations in the number of bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees awarded between 1966 and 2012. Across degree levels, there was a period of high growth in the number of sociology degrees awarded between the late 1960s and early 1970s, followed by another upswing beginning in the late 1980s. Bachelor's degrees experienced the most dramatic fluctuations. In contrast, master's degrees and doctorate degrees awarded during this period have remained fairly steady.
National Center for Education Statistics. 2012. The Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS) and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Washington, DC: Department of Education. Retrieved: February 15, 2014 (https://webcaspar.nsf.gov).
*Data for doctorate degrees awarded between 2008 and 2012: National Science Foundation. 2013. Survey of Earned Doctorates, 2008 - 2012. Arlington, VA: National Science Foundation.
Data: tabular version of this data is available in MS EXCEL format.