African-Americans are Overrepresented in Lower-Paying College Majors

Graduating from college is supposed to be a surefire path to higher lifetime earnings-but how much higher can often hinge on what one chooses to study. Although African-Americans are more likely to go to college than in the past, they are overrepresented in majors that lead to lower-paying careers, according to a new report by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce that examined their share of bachelor’s degrees in 137 detailed majors.