Percentage of Sociology Degrees Awarded to Women Awarded Since 1966

Graph of Sociology Degrees Awarded to Women by Degree Level Since 1966


This series of four charts on sociology degrees awarded by gender illustrates the percentage of sociology degrees awarded to women between 1966 and 2012. These charts also compares the number of sociology degrees earned by males and females during this period. Since 1966, women represented the majority of Bachelor degrees awarded in sociology while earning the largest number of Master's by the early 1980s and PhDs by the 1990s onward. The increasing percentage of sociology degrees earned by women is most pronounced for PhDs. In 1966, women earned 15 percent of sociology PhDs. Even with a decline in doctoral degree production after 2007, over half of degrees at this level continue to be awarded to women.

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U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Integrated Post-secondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Completions, 1996-2012 (Washington, DC: NCES, 2012). Retrieved from

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