Study the Humanities

Read our new report, Strategies for Recruiting Students to the Humanities: A Comprehensive Resource

Study the Humanities, an initiative of the National Humanities Alliance Foundation, serves to strengthen efforts to attract more undergraduates to the humanities. There are three key components of the initiative:

  • Researching effective recruitment strategies and developing resources that showcase the range of approaches

  • Aggregating existing data and articles into a toolkit that presents six arguments for studying the humanities as an undergraduate 

  • Convening the community of faculty and administrators committed to attracting more undergraduates to the humanities 

Study the Humanities is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


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Researching Recruitment Strategies

We are conducting research to provide an overview of the field of undergraduate humanities recruitment efforts by collecting, categorizing, and studying the impact of effective recruitment strategies. We are engaging in this work by: 

  • Surveying the field
  • Digging into strategies
  • Learning what works 

Please contribute to this research by sharing your perspective and strategies via the Humanities Recruitment Survey (HRS). 

In March 2020, we published the first of several reports that highlight the data we collected via the HRS. This report focuses on the quantitative data we gathered on the challenges the humanities community faces in recruiting students to the humanities, and the audiences they are engaging to address those challenges. 

Read the HRS Report

We are also conducting research to document the impact of particular initiatives on student perceptions and behaviors concerning the humanities. If you are interested in partnering with us to better understand the impact of your initiative, please
contact us.


Making the Case for the Humanities

The Study the Humanities Toolkit makes the case for studying the humanities as an undergraduate using data compiled from a wide range of sources. It presents six arguments, each of which is accompanied by a brief essay, related articles, talking points, and supporting evidence packaged into charts, quotes, data points, and profiles.  

We invite you to use the material in the toolkit to create print and electronic materials that will address the audiences you are trying to reach, such as potential majors, parents, administrators, career counselors, or admissions offices.


Building Community

Our toolkit and research serve to support faculty and administrators around the country who are dedicated to attracting more undergraduates to the humanities. We convene this community of practice every March at our Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. to workshop new ideas and cultivate the sharing of strategies year-round.