To date, we’ve asked 22 current and past religious 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 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 religious studies degree, but it’s a starting point to help you evaluate your options.

How satisfied are religious studies students compared to other degrees?

Overall, religious studies students rate their satisfaction with their degree a 2.9 out of 5. This is low compared to other degrees which average a rating of 3.28 across all degrees. For context, religious studies students rate their happiness similarly to students in Nursing Science, Education and Microbiology.

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

DegreeAvg Grad SalarySatisfaction
Electrical Engineering and Related Studies$101,374
Electrical Engineering$101,176
Hospitality Management and Related Studies$56,627
Nursing Science$66,533
Religious Studies$66,295
Education$51,981
Microbiology$69,981
Communicative Disorders$45,066
Microbiological Sciences and Immunology$69,068

Let's break that down further.

Are 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:
4.2 out of 5 stars
22 ratings
5 stars
45%
4 stars
36%
3 stars
14%
2 stars
5%
1 stars
0%

These ratings are meant to give you an indication about what other people enrolled in 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 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 religious studies grads had to say about their job prospects:

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their job prospects. Their response was:
2.3 out of 5 stars
20 ratings
5 stars
0%
4 stars
10%
3 stars
35%
2 stars
25%
1 stars
25%

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

Were 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:
2.9 out of 5 stars
22 ratings
5 stars
0%
4 stars
27%
3 stars
32%
2 stars
41%
1 stars
0%

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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