To date, we’ve asked 154 current and past philosophy and religious studies students about their happiness with their degree. Turns out, they rate it above average.

There’s likely at least a few majors you could see yourself in.

To help you reach the decision that is right for you, we asked students who have pursued a philosophy and religious 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 philosophy and religious studies degree, but it’s a starting point to help you evaluate your options.

How satisfied are philosophy and religious studies students compared to other degrees?

Overall, philosophy and religious studies students rate their satisfaction with their degree a 3.7 out of 5. This is high compared to other degrees which average a rating of 3.28 across all degrees. For context, philosophy and religious studies students rate their happiness similarly to students in Theatre Arts, Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies and Robotics Engineering.

Here are other degrees that have a similar satisfaction rating to philosophy and religious studies

DegreeAvg Grad SalarySatisfaction
Art History$58,096
English Composition$52,509
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies$61,981
Theatre Arts$47,634
Philosophy and Religious Studies$68,454
Robotics Engineering$118,001
Entrepreneurial Studies$0
Fashion Design$42,951

Let's break that down further.

Are philosophy and religious 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:
4.4 out of 5 stars
153 ratings
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We asked graduates how intellectually fulfilling they found the degree. Their response was:
4.5 out of 5 stars
151 ratings
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These ratings are meant to give you an indication about what other people enrolled in philosophy and religious 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 philosophy and religious studies graduates leave school with good job prospects?

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

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their job prospects. Their response was:
2.5 out of 5 stars
144 ratings
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1 stars

We can see there’s a cluster of negative responses, which might indicate a declining or competitive job market.

Were philosophy and religious 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:
3.7 out of 5 stars
154 ratings
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3 stars
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1 stars

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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