A “second major” degree in a humanities discipline is one earned at the same time as another degree in a nonhumanities field or a different humanities discipline. Data on second majors are reported by the institution (rather than the student), and thus no meaning can be inferred from these degrees being designated as second (rather than first) majors.
See the Note on the Data Used to Calculate Humanities Degree Counts and Shares.
For an inventory of the specific degree programs that together constitute the academic humanities as they are conceptualized by the Humanities Indicators, see the NSF and CIP Discipline Code Catalog.
For information on trends in first majors, see “Bachelor’s Degrees in the Humanities.”
For the demographics of students earning humanities bachelor’s degrees, see “Racial/Ethnic Distribution of Bachelor’s Degrees in the Humanities” and “Gender Distribution of Bachelor’s Degrees in the Humanities.”
For details as to the types of humanities bachelor’s degrees awarded and the nature of the institutions from which they are received, see “Disciplinary Distribution of Bachelor’s Degrees in the Humanities” and “Institutional Distribution of Bachelor’s Degrees in the Humanities.”
For Humanities Departmental Survey findings relating to undergraduate education, see “Trends in the Demographics of Humanities Students: Key Findings from the 2012–13 Humanities Departmental Survey.”
For information on trends at the graduate level, see “Advanced Degrees in the Humanities.”
The Humanities Indicators and Departmental Survey have been made possible in part
by grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the
Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this
website do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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