To date, we’ve asked 105 current and past philosophy students about their happiness with their degree. Turns out, they rate it above average.

Different majors will offer different opportunities.

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

How satisfied are philosophy students compared to other degrees?

Overall, philosophy students rate their satisfaction with their degree a 3.8 out of 5. This is high compared to other degrees which average a rating of 3.28 across all degrees. For context, philosophy students rate their happiness similarly to students in Philosophy and Related Studies, Game And Interactive Media Design and Art History.

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

DegreeAvg Grad SalarySatisfaction
Visual and Performing Arts$44,905
Creative Writing$51,097
Game And Interactive Media Design$58,129
Philosophy and Related Studies$64,363
Philosophy$64,927
Art History$60,324
English Composition$53,905
Theology and Religious Vocations$49,801
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies$63,707

Let's break that down further.

Are philosophy 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:
4.5 out of 5 stars
104 ratings
5 stars
62%
4 stars
29%
3 stars
7%
2 stars
3%
1 stars
0%
We asked graduates how intellectually fulfilling they found the degree. Their response was:
4.5 out of 5 stars
105 ratings
5 stars
67%
4 stars
21%
3 stars
9%
2 stars
2%
1 stars
1%

These ratings are meant to give you an indication about what other people enrolled in philosophy 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 graduates leave school with good job prospects?

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

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their job prospects. Their response was:
2.6 out of 5 stars
99 ratings
5 stars
4%
4 stars
13%
3 stars
34%
2 stars
30%
1 stars
17%

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 philosophy 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:
3.8 out of 5 stars
105 ratings
5 stars
37%
4 stars
21%
3 stars
26%
2 stars
11%
1 stars
2%

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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