Bachelor’s degrees awarded annually by subject (USA) – Bar chart

Trends in undergraduate education can say a lot about the societal pressures felt by young people.

Today, as the urgent need for more graduates who know their way around a coding interface or AI system is being pushed by industry, the media, and in turn, parents, a distinct uptick in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) degrees has emerged.

At the same time, the decline of the less-occupationally linked majors is also stark, as the romance of philosophy and English literature fades.

Sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics, the data include the total number of bachelor’s degrees awarded and how they were split between the fields.

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