Religious High Schools and Gender Socialization: Examining Postsecondary Outcomes of College Degree and Choice of Major

Master's Thesis


Do religious high schools socialize men and women differently for postsecondary study? Using data from the Cardus Education Survey 2014, I examine the association between attending a Catholic or evangelical Protestant high school and the likelihood of earning a college degree, along with how these associations may differ by gender. I also consider the likelihood of majoring in a humanistic major compared to a scientific major and the likelihood of majoring in a care field versus a technical field. Findings from logistic regression suggest that there are no differences by gender across school sector in earning a college degree. Catholic school students are more likely and evangelical Protestant school students are equally as likely as public school students to earn a degree. Women were more likely to major in a humanistic major compared to a scientific major as well as a care major over a technical major, but results suggest that religious schools do not appear to play a role in choice of major across these divides for men or women.


Attribute NameValues
  • etd-04132015-104821

Author Julie W Dallavis
Advisor David Sikkink
Contributor Mary Ellen Konieczny, Committee Member
Contributor David Sikkink, Committee Chair
Contributor Mark Berends, Committee Member
Degree Level Master's Thesis
Degree Discipline Sociology
Degree Name MA
Defense Date
  • 2015-04-09

Submission Date 2015-04-13
  • United States of America

  • gender

  • evangelical Protestant schools

  • college degree

  • Catholic schools

  • secondary schools

  • choice of major

  • University of Notre Dame

  • English

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Content License
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