The most-recent data from the U.S. government?s Education Department
is for the year 2001-2002 in the report below. The report covers the
period from 1970-71 onward, so you can look at trend data.
The number of bachelors? degrees in English dropped in numbers AND in
percentage of all disciplines from 1970 to the mid-1980s, when they
started to rise again. At the low point in 1980-81 English degrees
accounted for only 32, 254 diplomas ? down from almost twice that
number in 1970-71. In the 1980-81 year they were only 3.45% of the
total number of degrees. As you can see below, both number and
percentages have increased since then:
National Center for Education Statistics
?Bachelor?s Degrees Conferred, 2001-2002?
Bachelor?s: 53,162 (4.12%)
Masters: 7,268 (1.51%)
Doctorate: 1,446 (3.27%)
Google search strategy:
?education statistics? U.S.