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Humanities Degree Completions: An International Comparison

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) gathers a wealth of data on the education-related investments and outcomes of its member nations and provides comparative information on the share of degrees earned in various academic fields.

Findings and Trends

  • In 2009, among the 24 OECD countries for which data were available, the United States ranked fifth in the proportion of humanities degrees conferred among all undergraduate- and graduate-level degrees (Indicator II-14).
  • The U.S. percentage of bachelor’s and advanced degrees conferred in the humanities (10.9%) was similar to Korea and Hungary, and almost seven percentage points lower than the leader in conferring humanities degrees, Germany, which bestowed 17.5% of its tertiary degrees in humanities disciplines.
II-14: Tertiary Degrees* in Humanities as a Percentage of All Tertiary Degrees Awarded, OECD Countries, 2009

* Includes degrees in Tertiary Type-A programs and advanced research programs. See “About the Data” for details.

Source: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), OECD.Stat Extracts (online data analysis tool), This information is gathered by the OECD from member countries on an annual basis via the “UOE” (UIS/OECD/EUROSTAT) data collection.

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