The first national survey on the humanities finds wide agreement about the personal and societal benefits of the humanities, substantial engagement with a range of humanities activities at home and in the workplace, as well as strong support for teaching most humanities subjects in the schools. The survey, conducted in fall 2019 by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Humanities Indicators project, was administered to a nationally representative sample of 5,015 American adults (using NORC at the University of Chicago’s AmeriSpeak panel) with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. All findings are estimates based on a sample that was weighted to reflect the composition of the US adult population. All cited differences between groups were found to be statistically significant at the 5% level.

The results varied substantially at the discipline level, however. The findings for languages other than English in the four survey areas indicate:

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