Popularity of Political Science Degrees Over the Years

Here’s a nifty chart showing the number of political science degrees awarded over the last 60 or so years. As you can see, the number of political science majors grew steadily from 1949 until 1992. From 1992 til today, the number of political science degrees awarded has been fairly steady, with one notable exception – political science doctorate degrees awarded grew almost 40% from 1992 to 2010.

Year Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
1949-50 6,336 710 127
1951-52 4,911 525 147
1953-54 5,314 534 153
1955-56 5,633 509 203
1957-58 6,116 665 170
1959-60 6,596 722 201
1961-62 8,326 839 214
1963-64 12,126 1,163 263
1965-66 15,242 1,429 336
1967-68 20,387 1,937 457
1969-70 25,713 2,105 525
1970-71 27,482 2,318 700
1971-72 28,135 2,451 758
1972-73 30,100 2,398 747
1973-74 30,744 2,448 766
1974-75 29,126 2,333 680
1975-76 28,302 2,191 723
1976-77 26,411 2,222 641
1977-78 26,069 2,069 636
1978-79 25,628 2,037 563
1979-80 25,457 1,938 535
1980-81 24,977 1,875 484
1981-82 25,658 1,954 513
1982-83 25,791 1,829 435
1983-84 25,719 1,769 457
1984-85 25,834 1,500 441
1985-86 26,439 1,704 439
1986-87 26,817 1,618 435
1987-88 27,207 1,579 391
1988-89 30,450 1,598 452
1989-90 33,560 1,580 480
1990-91 35,737 1,772 468
1991-92 37,805 1,908 535
1992-93 37,931 1,943 529
1993-94 36,097 2,147 616
1994-95 33,013 2,019 637
1995-96 30,775 2,024 634
1996-97 28,969 1,909 686
1997-98 28,044 1,957 705
1998-99 27,476 1,667 694
1999-2000 27,635 1,627 693
2000-01 27,792 1,596 688
2001-02 29,354 1,641 625
2002-03 33,205 1,664 671
2003-04 35,581 1,869 618
2004-05 38,107 1,983 636
2005-06 39,409 2,054 649
2006-07 39,899 2,102 614
2007-08 40,259 2,156 639
2008-09 39,198 2,171 709
2009-10 39,467 2,251 745

*Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and/or IPEDS

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

Featured Political Science Interviews

Political Science Master's - Check out this interview with Samantha who earned a Master of Arts in Political Science.

UW Bachelor's Degree - Nick earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington in 2004. Check out his story!

CSU East Bay Graduate - This is an awesome interview with Mysti French who earned an undergraduate poli sci degree.