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The publisher regrets that the following appendix was omitted from the article "Declining Academic Fields in U.S. Four-Year Colleges and Universities, 1970-2006" by S. Brint, K. Proctor, K. Mulligan, M. B. Rotondi, and R. A. Hanneman, 2012, The Journal of Higher Education, 83(4), pp. 582-613. Tables 1 and 2 reference this appendix.

Appendix A

The academic field categorizations in this paper rely on HEGIS subject code and IPEDS CIPCODE classifications. HEGIS subject codes were employed for academic fields observed in 1971, while IPEDS subject codes were employed for fields observed in 2006. For theoretical and empirical reasons, fields were sometimes aggregated into larger categories in order to preserve a field's integrity between the two time periods. Below is a list of fields from 1971 and 2006 that were included in the degree field categories used in this paper.

Administrative Assistant/Secretarial Science

HEGIS: Secretarial Studies.

IPEDS: Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General.

Agronomy/Crop Science

HEGIS: Agronomy, Field Crops, and Crop Management.

IPEDS: Agronomy and Crop Science.

Biology/Life Sciences

HEGIS: Biology/Biological Sciences, General.

IPEDS: Biology/Biological Sciences, General.


HEGIS: Botany, General.

IPEDS: Botany/Plant Biology.


HEGIS: Chemistry, General; Inorganic Chemistry; Organic Chemistry; and Physical Chemistry.

IPEDS: Analytical Chemistry; Chemistry, General; Chemistry, Other; Organic Chemistry; and Physical and Theoretical Chemistry.

Classical Languages/Literatures

HEGIS: Classics; Greek, Classical; and Latin.

IPEDS: Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature; Classics/Classical Languages, Literatures, & Linguistics, General; and Latin Language and Literature.


HEGIS: Economics.

IPEDS: Applied Economics; Development Economics and International Development; Econometrics and Quantitative Economics; Economics, General; Economics, Other; and International Economics. [End Page v]


HEGIS: Adult and Continuing Education; Art Education (Methodology and Theory); Business, Commerce, and Distributive Education; Curriculum and Instruction; Driver and Safety Education; Education of the Culturally Disadvantaged; Education of the Deaf; Education of the Emotionally Disturbed; Education of the Gifted; Education of the Mentally Retarded; Education of the Multiple Handicapped; Education of the Physically Handicapped; Education of the Visually Handicapped; Education, Other; Education, General; Elementary Education, General; Health Education (includes Family Life Education); Junior High School Education; Junior and Community College Education; Mathematics Education (Methodology and Theory); Music Education (Methodology and Theory); Physical Education, Physical Education 7-12; Pre-Elementary Education (Kindergarten); Reading Education (Methodology and Theory); Science Education (Methodology and Theory); Secondary Education, General; Social Foundations (History and Philosophy of Education); Special Education, General; Special Learning Disabilities; Speech Correction; Student Personnel-Counseling and Guidance; and Teaching of English as a Foreign Language.

IPEDS: Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching; Agricultural Teacher Education; Art Teacher Education; Bilingual and Multilingual Education; Biology Teacher Education; Business Teacher Education; Chemistry Teacher Education; College Student Counseling and Personnel Services; Community College Education; Computer Teacher Education; Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services; Curriculum and Instruction; Drama and Dance Teacher Education; Early Childhood Education and Teaching; Education, General; Education, Other; Education/Teaching Individuals—Early Childhood Special Education Programs; Education/Teaching Individuals—Hearing Impairments; Education/Teaching Individuals—Orthopedic/Other Physical Impairments; Education/ Teaching Individuals—Specific Learning Disabilities; Education/Teaching Individuals— Speech or Language Impairments; Education/Teaching Individuals—Vision Impairments/ Blindness; Education/Teaching of Individuals with Emotional Disturbances; Education/ Teaching of Individuals with Mental Retardation; Education/Teaching of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities; Educational/Instructional Media Design; Elementary Education and Teaching; English/Language Arts Teacher Education; Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education; Foreign Language Teacher Education; French Language Teacher Education; Geography Teacher Education; German Language Teacher Education; Health Occupations Teacher Education; Health Teacher Education; History Teacher Education; Indian/Native American Education; Junior High/Intermediate/ Middle School Education and Teaching; Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching; Latin Teacher Education; Mathematics Teacher Education; Montessori Teacher Education; Music Teacher Education; Physical Education Teaching and Coaching; Physics Teacher Education; Psychology Teacher Education; Reading Teacher Education; Sales & Marketing Operations/Marketing & Distribution Teacher Education; School Librarian/ School Library Media Specialist; Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education; Secondary Education and Teaching; Social Science Teacher Education; Social Studies Teacher Education; Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education; Spanish Language Teacher Education; Special Education and Teaching, General; Special Education and Teaching, Other; Speech Teacher Education; Student Counseling and Personnel Services, Other; Teacher Education, Multiple Levels; Teacher Education/Professional Development, Levels and Methods, Other...


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