By John Cookson, CNN
More people are attending college in the United States than ever before. There were 18 million undergraduate students in 2009, and more than 1.6 million Bachelor's degrees were awarded that year. But are college students studying the subjects that will lead to good jobs and keep America competitive in the world economy?
Below are the top-seven subjects by percent of all Bachelor's degrees awarded in the 2008/2009 school year, collected by the Department of Education. If science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors are the path to well-paid jobs and an innovation-led economy, the numbers are concerning.
There are, for example, more students studying visual and performing arts than engineering. There are more parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies majors than physical science majors. And there were fewer computer and information science majors in 2008-2009 (37,994) than there were in 1984-85 (38,878).
How do these degrees compare with what students from other countries study when they come to the U.S.? Also below is the Institute of International Education's list of the subjects studied by foreign students in America, each ranked by its percent of all the fields studied.
Read over the two lists and tell us below if you think U.S. students are on the right track.
This Sunday at 8pm ET, Fareed Zakaria will explore what the U.S. education system needs to do to compete in today's world in a special edition of CNN GPS called "Restoring the America Dream: Fixing Education."