ERIC Number: ED323875
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Undergraduate Enrollments in Humanities Courses: 1980 and 1985. Higher Education Surveys Report, Survey Number 3.
Lewis, Laurie L.; Farris, Elizabeth
This study was undertaken to obtain reliable national estimates of enrollments of undergraduates in humanities courses and to assess changes in enrollments from 1980 to 1985. The survey collected data from a sample of 453 (out of 493) colleges and universities on enrollment figures for full-time and part-time undergraduate students in eight general humanities subjects: English composition, English and American literature, foreign languages and literatures, history, philosophy, religion, history/appreciation of the arts, and interdisciplinary humanities. The survey found that humanities courses were offered at the great majority of American colleges and universities in the fall of 1985. The most frequently offered courses were composition/writing, history, English and American literature, and foreign languages and literatures. In general, enrollments per 100 students were highest in baccalaureate colleges, private schools, and small schools, and lowest in two-year colleges. Humanities enrollments per 100 students were fairly stable from 1980 to 1985. (JDD)
Descriptors: Art Appreciation, Colleges, Differences, English Literature, Enrollment Rate, Enrollment Trends, Higher Education, History, Humanities Instruction, Institutional Characteristics, Philosophy, Religion, Second Language Instruction, Trend Analysis, Two Year Colleges, Undergraduate Study, United States Literature, Universities, Writing (Composition)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.; Department of Education, Washington, DC.; National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD.
Note: For a related document, see HE 023 876. Appended tables contain small type.