Christian Studies
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Christian studies is a program that focuses on the philosophy and teachings of jesus christ and his apostles, and the subsequent intellectual and cultural movements and institutions based on christianity. includes instruction in christian sacred scripture, christian literature and philosophy, and studies of one or more of the main branches of the faith and their cultural context including orthodoxy, roman catholicism, protestantism, evangelicalism, and others.
School with the highest reported median starting salary ($46K) with a Bachelor's Degree: California State University - Long Beach
Career with the highest median salary ($102K) where most workers have a Bachelor's Degree: Financial Managers
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Careers for program graduates
Christian studies majors work in these careers, which are sized by percentage of majors in the career (at least 1%) and colored by the predominant level of education.
ClergyPostsecondary TeachersElementary and Middle School S...Specialized ManagersPhysiciansEducation and childcare admini...Chief executives and legislato...Software DevelopersFirst-Line Supervisors of Reta...Management AnalystsAccountants and AuditorsFinancial ManagersSecondary School TeachersSocial and Community Service M...Customer Service Representativ...
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Completions over time
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Salary and Debt
How are students who recently completed a degree in christian studies doing?
Below is the distribution of starting salaries along with accumulated federal and private education loans across schools that offer a degree in the field religion/religious studies, which includes christian studies.
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How does the median (middle) salary for philosophy and religious studies majors compare to the median salaries for other college majors?
Distribution: philosophy and religious studies majors' salaries by education level
What is the salary distribution for graduates with a bachelor's inphilosophy and religious studies by the level of their highest degree (Graduate degrees may not be in the same field as the bachelor’s)
We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.
Is a bachelor's degree all you need?
Education level of workers with a bachelor's in philosophy and religious studies
Is a bachelor's degree going to be sufficient to make you competative in the job market? We can look at the education level of workers with a bachelors in this degree to see if there is a likely need for a graduate degree. You'll also want to check out the careers section on this page to where they are employed.
This chart shows the level of education of workers with a bachelor's degree in philosophy and religious studies. The worker's graduate degree may have been completed in a different field.
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Context: Graduate degrees in any field by undergraduate ACS degree
About 56% of philosophy and religious studies majors chose to also earn a graduate degree (possibly of a different major). The percentage of philosophy and religious studies majors who also earned a graduate degree is higher than about 91% of other fields.
Context: Percentage salary boost obtained with a graduate degree
How important is a graduate degree for earning a higher salary? We can see the difference in salary of workers with a bachelors in this degree to workers with a bachelor’s AND a graduate degree.
19%55%70%0%20%40%60%80%Bachelor's to Master'sBachelor's to DoctorateBachelor's to Professional
Top careers for those with a degree in philosophy and religious studies
Following are the most frequent jobs held by people who earned a bachelor's degree in Philosophy and Religious Studies (which combines 21 programs), though may not be limited to just those with a bachelor’s.
  1. Clergy
  2. Lawyers, and judges, magistrates, and similar judicial professionals
  3. Postsecondary Teachers
  4. Elementary and Middle School School Teachers
  5. Specialized Managers
  6. Physicians
  7. Education and childcare administrators
  8. Chief executives and legislators
  9. First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers
  10. Software Developers
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Careers for philosophy and religious studies majors
Where do philosophy and religious studies majors work, and how well do those jobs pay? A ** in the job title indicates that the Department of Education recommends this job for this program.
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The top ten careers for workers with a bachelor's in philosophy and religious studies
Take a minute to interact with this sankey diagram. Follow the top ten jobs held by philosophy and religious studies graduates through to their most hired majors. Learn where it may easiest to find work. Expand the careers to explore other majors that might lead to the job that excites you the most. *For many majors, the top ten jobs don't even include half of graduates!*
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ClergyLawyers, and judges,...Postsecondary Teache...Elementary and Middl...Specialized ManagersPhysiciansEducation and childc...Chief executives and...First-Line Superviso...Software DevelopersAll othersThis degreeTop 10 Careers
What careers hire philosophy and religious studies majors as one of their top 10?
To the left of this diagram, see all careers that hire philosophy and religious studies majors as one of their top 10 majors, and on the right, see what proportion of openings for the jobs on the left are filled by philosophy and religious studies majors.
Philosophy and Religious ...All other degreesClergyReligious Activities and ...Specialized Religious Wor...Specialized Healthcare Di...AcupuncturistsLandscape ArchitectsAll other careersDegreeDegree in top 10 employed
Where can I complete this degree
Explore schools that offer christian studies degrees and certificates
You can use this table to find schools that offer this program based on location and program level offered. Each entry goes to a school page similar to this one with all our information about that school.
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  • Student-Faculty Ratio: A small number of students per full-time instructor suggests individual attention for each student and an up-to-date curriculum.

  • Satisfaction Rate: A high percentage of returning first-year students should correlate with satisfaction (schools call this their retention rate).

  • Repayment Rate: A high repayment rate means most alumni earn enough to make progress repaying loans within 7 years of leaving.

We also show the total enrollment for the school as measured by full-time-equivalent (FTE) students enrolled annually.

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Top 10 similar programs
Following are related programs, ordered by those with the highest number of completions. You can explore a full list by pressing the more details button.
  1. Philosophy
  2. Ministry
  3. Theology
  4. Biblical Studies
  5. Talmudic Studies
  6. Religion or Religious Studies
  7. Specialized Study in Theological and Ministerial Studies
  8. Pastoral Studies/Counseling
  9. Religious Education
  10. Missionary Studies and Missiology
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Careers for philosophy and religious studies majors
philosophy and religious studies is part of a larger collection of programs: Philosophy, Theology, and Religious Studies/Vocations. Is there a different program that's close to philosophy and religious studies that might be a better match for your interests? You can use this table to see a little about the programs that fall under this umbrella. If you click on any of the table headers, that will sort the table by that column, or click on a row and see Ididio's profile for that program.
Gender of recent graduates
Of all people with any degree in christian studies earned in the last academic year, 31% were women.
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Completions over time
Have completions by gender changed over time, or at specific levels of education?
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Context: Gender representation
How does the gender distribution in this major compare to all other majors?
Context: Percentage women
This major has a lower percentage of women than 73% other programs.
Distribution: salaries by gender
Does gender greatly influence your salary with this degree? The closer the bar are, the less discrepancy there is.
Context: Salary inequity
For philosophy and religious studies graduates, men have a 12% higher median salary than women, This is better than many: 81% of programs have graduates with higher salary inequities.
Race/Origin of recent graduates
Here is an overview of race/origin for all christian studies graduates from this last academic year. We found a lower percentage of international graduates than in 55% of other programs.
Pacific Islander
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Context: Percentage of Minority Graduates
Minority students comprise a lower percentage of graduates than in 72% of other programs.