To date, we’ve asked 39 current and past social sciences students about their happiness with their degree. Turns out, they rate it 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 social sciences 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 social sciences degree, but it’s a starting point to help you evaluate your options.

How satisfied are social sciences students compared to other degrees?

Overall, social sciences students rate their satisfaction with their degree a 3.3 out of 5. For context, social sciences students rate their happiness similarly to students in Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering.

Here are other degrees that have a similar satisfaction rating to social sciences

DegreeAvg Grad SalarySatisfaction
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics$62,349
Social Sciences$67,579
Computer and Information Sciences$84,122
Engineering$100,856
Design and Applied Arts$54,000

Let's break that down further.

Are social sciences 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:
3.6 out of 5 stars
44 ratings
5 stars
36%
4 stars
18%
3 stars
23%
2 stars
16%
1 stars
7%
We asked graduates how intellectually fulfilling they found the degree. Their response was:
3.7 out of 5 stars
43 ratings
5 stars
35%
4 stars
26%
3 stars
16%
2 stars
16%
1 stars
7%

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

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

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their job prospects. Their response was:
3.2 out of 5 stars
44 ratings
5 stars
14%
4 stars
30%
3 stars
34%
2 stars
9%
1 stars
11%

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 social sciences 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:
3.3 out of 5 stars
39 ratings
5 stars
26%
4 stars
23%
3 stars
18%
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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