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List Rules 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. These stupid college majors are definitely dumb, and probably won't get you anywhere in life.

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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Gender studies is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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1,291 461
Peace and conflict studies is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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1,055 478
William Shakespeare is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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904 484
Dance is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

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Philosophy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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817 234
Disruption is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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905 630
Theater Arts is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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916 669
Fine art is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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1,045 724
Religious Studies is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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664 390
Cooperative Management is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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819 743
English Literature is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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877 357
French food is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

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726 664
Creative writing is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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850 350
Golf Management is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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397 143
One Laptop per Child is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

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496 415
Library Science is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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613 398
Fashion design is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

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423 225
Art History is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

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359 124
African American Studies is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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396 206
Renaissance Study is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
Renaissance Study

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515 429
Winemaking is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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575 594
Interior design is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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Anthropology is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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442 426
Travel and Tourism is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
Travel and Tourism

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341 268
Music Therapy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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532 626
Film is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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283 202
Human Geography is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

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505 1,045
Psychology is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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526 551
Photography is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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Music is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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Social Work is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
Social Work

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274 218
Fine Arts is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
Fine Arts

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333 147
Ancient Greek is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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287 319
Sociology is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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504 646
Political Science is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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332 529
Horticulture is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
School Buddy added Horticulture Unfortunately, the number of jobs in the field itself is not growing, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. And Shatkin agrees. "Better than agriculture, but not by much. If you're lucky, you may find some way to apply ...

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Hospitality management is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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388 604
Journalism is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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308 607
Archaeology is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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424 715
History is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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206 312
Geography is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

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268 462
Hotel & Restaurant Managem... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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174 237
Communications is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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133 225
Astronomy Sciences is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
Astronomy Sciences

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270 654
Criminal Justice is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
Criminal Justice

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237 659
Agriculture is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
School Buddy added Agriculture When schools such as the University of Idaho cut their agriculture programs, you know times are tough for this degree. The state has more than 25,000 farms, for cow's sake, according to the most recent U.S. Department of ...

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124 392
Law is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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42 42
International Studies is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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102 296
Economy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

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108 338
Law is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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