To date, we’ve asked 80 current and past journalism and related studies students about their happiness with their degree. Turns out, they rate it average.

No matter the degree, there are some common factors that predict satisfaction.

To help you reach the decision that is right for you, we asked students who have pursued a journalism and related studies degree to respond to questions concerning five dimensions of the educational track they chose:

  • Course material: Were they interested in the material they learned?
  • Intellectual fulfillment: Did they find the coursework intellectually stimulating?
  • Job prospects: Did they leave the program with job opportunities?
  • Personality: Was the degree a good fit for their personality?
  • Overall fit: Were they happy with the program overall?

We examined their responses and combined the rankings to give us an average satisfaction score across all students. This doesn't necessarily reflect how satisfied you would be with a journalism and related studies degree, but it’s a starting point to help you evaluate your options.

How satisfied are journalism and related studies students compared to other degrees?

Overall, journalism and related studies students rate their satisfaction with their degree a 3.0 out of 5. This is low compared to other degrees which average a rating of 3.28 across all degrees. For context, journalism and related studies students rate their happiness similarly to students in Film and Photographic Arts, Law and Electrical Engineering and Related Studies.

Here are other degrees that have a similar satisfaction rating to journalism and related studies

DegreeAvg Grad SalarySatisfaction
Criminal Justice$55,393
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication$61,128
Business/Managerial Economics$94,662
Journalism and Related Studies$69,124
Film and Photographic Arts$58,248
Law$62,365
Electrical Engineering and Related Studies$100,647
Registered Nursing$62,787
Hospitality Management and Related Studies$56,939

Let's break that down further.

Are journalism and related studies students satisfied with what they’re learning?

We asked students about their satisfaction with their course material and overall intellectual fulfillment. Here’s what they said:

We asked graduates how interesting they found the course material to be. Their response was:
3.7 out of 5 stars
99 ratings
5 stars
21%
4 stars
36%
3 stars
30%
2 stars
10%
1 stars
1%
We asked graduates how intellectually fulfilling they found the degree. Their response was:
3.4 out of 5 stars
99 ratings
5 stars
14%
4 stars
33%
3 stars
31%
2 stars
16%
1 stars
4%

These ratings are meant to give you an indication about what other people enrolled in journalism and related studies experienced. While their input is useful, keep in mind that different people have had vastly different experiences, all of which were impacted by their personal motivations, professors, and specific curriculum. Always keep your own goals at the center of your decision-making process when it comes to something as significant as your education.

Did journalism and related studies graduates leave school with good job prospects?

Of course, working towards a degree is also about pursuing your desired career. Here’s what journalism and related studies grads had to say about their job prospects:

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their job prospects. Their response was:
2.9 out of 5 stars
98 ratings
5 stars
9%
4 stars
21%
3 stars
30%
2 stars
21%
1 stars
16%

These responses represent a wide range of opinions. Things like extracurricular activities, internships and work placements can set you up for success after graduation.

Were journalism and related studies students happy with their degree overall?

This rating takes into account all factors: how demanding the program is, whether graduates felt it was worthwhile, and how fulfilling they found their educational experience.

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their degree as a whole. Their response was:
3.0 out of 5 stars
80 ratings
5 stars
15%
4 stars
14%
3 stars
36%
2 stars
18%
1 stars
15%

As you consider this information and input from others, remember above all that your choice should be based on your interests, goals, passions, and abilities. Consider the future and give yourself time. If you’re feeling unsure, click here to take our career assessment and see what path could be right for you.

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