Underrepresentation of African-Americans Among Bachelor’s and Doctoral Degree Recipients
The figure below illustrates the fractions of bachelor’s and doctoral degree recipients in a variety of areas in 2004 who were African-American. The data are taken from the National Science Foundation’s Division of Science Resources Statistics. The fraction of the US population that is African-American is now 13.5%, so African-Americans are underrepresented in all these areas at both the bachelor’s and doctoral degree levels.
African-Americans are more strongly underrepresented at the doctoral level than at the bachelor’s level in all fields shown except education. Furthermore, the fields in which the strongest underrepresentation takes place are those that are the most mathematical – Mathematics, Engineering, Physics and Geosciences.
The graph was assembled by Holly Brown.
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