Statistics show that science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors have become more popular compared to humanities degrees after the Great Recession (2010). The graph below published by emsi demonstrates this change by comparing the number of the degrees awarded in these years.
However, during the years 2003 to 2010, more degrees were awarded in non-STEM majors and the percentage of the STEM degrees to the total number of awarded degrees decreases as shown in the graph below according to emsi.
Additionally, studies (Jaschick and Baker et al.) suggest that liberal art colleges are disappearing as the colleges are merging to other institutions or departments and fewer degrees where offered compared to past. Business Insider published an article introducing “college degrees that are going to extinct” by comparing the percentage of colleges offering each degree in 2006 to 1971. Based on their comparison literature has the most decline. Another study also investigated the data showing a downward trend in the number of awarded degrees in Humanities and the most in English major since 2012. The graph below published byAssociation of Departments of English (ADE) demonstrates this trend.