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The Most Useless College Majors

List Criteria: Vote up the worst university degrees with the least payoff

This is a list of the most pointless university majors and fields of study guaranteed to not lead to gainful post-graduation employment. In April of 2012, the Daily Beast ran their list of 13 pointless college majors; now it's your turn to sound off on the coursework that will most poorly prepare you to enter the job market.

Often, when students first enter a community college or four-year university program, they're encouraged to pursue a course of study that most interests them. The idea is that they will first become dedicated to, and excited about, learning something, and then they'll eventually figure out how to apply their interests towards pursuing a career. But as the economy continues to struggle, and jobs for recent grads dry up, this philosophy is being reconsidered (as is studying Philosophy in general!)

Graduating with a degree in a humanities subject deemed as "useless" can be a real detriment to finding work post-graduation, even as newly-minted electrical engineers and computer developers get snatched up quickly by startups and tech companies.

This list provides some insight into the majors seen as "most useless" by the public at large. Vote for the departments you'd be least likely to join on your nearest campus, and if we've missed a major you think is utterly without merit, add it at the bottom of the page.
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    Philosophy

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    Theater Arts

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    Religious Studies

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    Cooperative Management

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    Creative writing

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    Disruption

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    Exclusive at USC...thanks Dr. Dre and USC! Guess I'll be backing the Bruins now.....
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    Anthropology

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    Psychology

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    Golf Management

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    Winemaking

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    Library Science

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    Social Work

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    Travel and Tourism

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    Unfortunately, the number of jobs in the field itself is not growing, according to the U.S.
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    Hotel & Restaurant Management

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    Agriculture

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    When schools such as the University of Idaho cut their agriculture programs, you know times ... more
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    Criminal Justice

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    new! Sociology

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    Music Therapy

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