Student enrollment in the humanities has also remained stable across the globe, relative to total enrollment numbers. “Some places — Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands, and Turkey — have seen a substantial increase in the relative number of humanities degrees,” said Assistant Prof. Ben Schmidt at Northeastern University.

Others, including the United States and Britain, had seen almost no change, he said, while some — including Japan, Australia, South Korea, Italy, and France — had seen a relative decline of about 25 percent. “But those declines have occurred in the context of growing higher education systems,” he said. “Only in France and Japan has there been an absolute decline.”