Continuing on the thought that the study of World Canonical Texts may be best encompassed in a field like World Humanities or World Area Studies, academically it needs to be represented in a University's curriculum as either course(s), undergraduate minor or major, and Ph.D. programs. For this reason, I started to look at Harvard's undergraduate program - they call major "field of concentration," and minor "secondary field."
In Harvard College's (that is their undergraduate school) Student Handbook online, they show how many concentrators there are. I pick the last year where data is available (2012) to compile the following table:
|#||Field||No. of Concentrators||No. of Concentrators + other fields||Total|
|7||Women, Gender, Sexuality||15||2||17|
|9||History and Literature||140||11||151|
|10||History and Science||121||5||126|
|15||Folklore and Mythology||12||0||12|
|17||East Asian Studies||46||3||49|
|18||Romance Languages and Literatures||46||2||48|
|20||African and African American Studies||15||6||21|
|21||Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations||21||0||21|
|22||South Asian Studies||5||2||7|
|23||Slavic Languages and Literatures||5||0||5|
|24||Germanic Languages and Literatures||4||0||4|
|25||History of Art and Architecture||69||1||70|
|26||Visual and Environmental Studies||59||0||59|
|29||Human Evolutionary Biology||156||0||156|
|30||Human Developmental & Regenerative Biology||146||0||146|
|31||Organismic & Evolutionary Biology||119||NA||119|
|36||Molecular & Cellular Biology||79||0||79|
|37||Chemical & Physical Biology||63||0||63|
|38||Environmenta Science & Public Policy||38||4||42|
|39||Chemistry & Physics||39||1||40|
|40||Earth & Planetary Sciences||16||3||19|
* The groupings here are my own, not Harvard's official classifications. In fact, Harvard puts History as Social Science.
There should be no double-counting here - and data is as of Dec, 2012. Students I think declare concentrations by then in the beginning of the Sophomore year. So we are talking about roughly 3 classes (Sophomore, Junior, Senior) each class with roughly 1,600~1,650 students.
Also note that the "concentrators + other fields" means joint concentrations, which is not double-major and also not "secondary fields.
This is more data-entry than I originally thought, but it highlights the prominence of Social Science (like Economics and Government) in the mix (which is conducive to doing a secondary field in something like "World Humanities"). Also, for students concentrating on History, or History of Art & Architecture, "World Humanities" would also likely to be a good secondary field.