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American Sociological Association: Sociology Doctorates Awarded Since 1930
Doctorate Degrees Awarded in Sociology Since 1930
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 PhDs awarded between 2008 and 2012 are derived from the National Science Foundation's Survey of Earned Doctorates for those years. (See Source)
This graph shows that the number of sociology doctorates awarded between 1930 and 2012 has dramatically increased. A sharp rise in the number of doctorates followed World War II and continued for several decades, peaking in the late 1970s. Degree production fell substantially up until the late 1980s, when the trend reversed.
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 from https://webcaspar.nsf.gov.
*Data for PhDs awarded between 2008 and 2012: National Science Foundation. 2013. Survey of Earned Doctorates, 2008 - 2012. Arlington, VA: National Science Foundation. Retrieved from https://webcaspar.nsf.gov.
Data: A tabular version of this data is available in EXCEL format. (Data and charts may be found on different tabs in the spreadsheet).