Israeli Students Ditch Humanities, Enroll in STEM Degrees
Between 2013 and 2017 the number of students signing up for computer science and math degrees in Israel has gone up 28%, new data reveals
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According to 2017 data from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 212,512 humanities degrees were conferred in the U.S. in 2015, a 5% decrease from 2014 and 9.5% decrease from 2012. The Academy further stated that the humanities’ share of all new bachelor’s degrees in the U.S. fell below 12% in 2015, after 10 consecutive years of decline.According to a report published earlier this year by the National Science Foundation, a U.S. government agency, undergraduate STEM enrollment rose from 15.5 million students in 2000 to over 20.2 million in 2015, around 30%, while graduate enrollment rose 35% in the same period, to nearly 668,000 students.