NCA Inside & Out

New Data About the Discipline

January 6, 2017

In October, we shared new data from Bleacher Report that highlighted the most popular academic majors for Power 5 Conference Football Players (65 universities from the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, and SEC). Communication was the most popular major among the players, at 323, followed by sociology (294), and business (291). The University of Southern California reported the highest number of football players majoring in Communication, at 23. Learn more here


In December, we explored data from the 2015 CGS/GRE Survey of Graduate Enrollment and Degrees, which details information on first-time graduate enrollment, total graduate enrollment, and total graduate degrees awarded in Communications and Journalism (category combines advertising, media studies, communication technology, journalism, mass communication, public relations, publishing, digital communication, and speech communication). The survey recorded a one-year 2.7 percent drop in Master’s Degrees awarded in the category, and a 3.3 percent drop in Doctoral Degrees awarded. Get a closer look at the data here