I'm interested in the proportion of BAs vs BSs awarded in linguistics in the United States, but it would be interesting to see these numbers for any field really. I haven't been able to find such stats, so even just a link to where these numbers might be found would be very appreciated.

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    I imagine this is dependent on the country or even the university in question as not everywhere will award BScs in linguistics for instance. (It still baffles me that in some places you can get a BA in physics.) Mar 14, 2018 at 22:17
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    @astronaut I mean, the whole system of naming fell to shambles when math, one of the liberal arts, stopped being a BA and become a BS ;-) Mar 16, 2018 at 4:45
  • @guifa I never really got why Math used to be classified as an Art field; it'd seem so out-of-place there. My speculation's been that, historically, it was seen under Cartesian dualism as a non-empirical field, which presumably justified its separation from the natural sciences, engineering, etc..
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    Mar 18, 2018 at 19:17
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    @Nat It wasn't classified as a fine art, rather a liberal art. The liberal arts historically included the Trivium (arts of humanities: logic, grammar, rhetoric) and the Quadrivium (scientific arts: music, arithmetic, geometry, and astronomy) Mar 18, 2018 at 19:30
  • My school doesn't award ling BSes and I've never heard of a school awarding them (but I haven't looked that comprehensively ...) Mar 20, 2018 at 17:35

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When I was studying linguistics and trying to decide BA or BS, my professors said the BS was not as common because the majority didn't want to take the additional science based classes required. I do not have specific stats. I received my BA in '98 from U of Utah.

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