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Data about the Discipline

New Data About the Discipline Released

February 12, 2015

Number of Communication doctorates remains steady

The National Science Foundation conducts an annual Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED), and NCA distills relevant data from the SED into a yearly report, A Profile of the Communication Doctorate. Overall, the number of Communication doctorates has remained steady since 2011. Read the full report for information on Communication doctorate recipients, post-graduation plans, and more.

Communication PhDs chart

Communication leads in bachelor’s degrees conferred

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Humanities Departmental Survey (HDS) included Communication for the first time in 2012, releasing data in 2014 that allowed NCA to distill the Communication-related findings and compare them with those from other humanities disciplines in The 2012-2013 Humanities Departmental Survey: Communication in Comparative Perspective. Three key findings from the report include: Communication has a larger number of bachelor’s degrees conferred and declared majors, per department, than any of the other disciplines included in the HDS; Communication has the third highest number of graduate students among the disciplines surveyed; and despite high undergraduate and graduate student populations, colleges and universities employ smaller numbers of faculty members in Communication departments than in comparable disciplines.

Bachelor's Degrees Conferred Chart