Patterns of conservative religious belief and religious practice across college majors


Journal Article (Review)

© 2018 The Author(s). This study addresses the question: Do individuals who have completed different college majors show different patterns of conservative religious belief and religious practice? Previous research on the relationship between college education and religion focused on institutional factors and precollege characteristics. Few studies, however, accounted for the role of college majors in shaping these processes. Research that looked at college majors emphasized changes during college and tended to use nonrepresentative samples. Using the General Social Survey, we test whether there are different patterns of religious belief and practice among those with different college degrees. We find that those with degrees in the natural sciences and the mathematical areas show the lowest rates of religious belief and practice, but these results are partially moderated by age. We discuss the implications that our findings have for future research on education and religion.

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Cited Authors

  • Schleifer, C; Brauer, SG; Patel, VR

Published Date

  • January 1, 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 79 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 299 - 322

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1069-4404

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/socrel/srx034

Citation Source

  • Scopus