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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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Peace and conflict studies is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

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William Shakespeare is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

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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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Theater Arts is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
Theater Arts

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Disruption is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
Disruption Exclusive at USC...thanks Dr. Dre and USC! Guess I'll be backing the Bruins now.....

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Cooperative Management is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
Cooperative Management

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Fine art is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

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Religious Studies is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

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English Literature is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

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Creative writing is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

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French food is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

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Golf Management is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
Golf Management

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Library Science is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
Library Science

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Fashion design is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

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Winemaking is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
Winemaking

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Travel and Tourism is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
Travel and Tourism

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Interior design is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

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Anthropology is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

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Art History is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

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Film is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

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Music Therapy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
Music Therapy

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Renaissance Study is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
Renaissance Study

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One Laptop per Child is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

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Psychology is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

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Photography is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

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Social Work is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
Social Work

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Music is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

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Human Geography is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

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Sociology is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
Sociology

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African American Studies is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

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Political Science is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

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Horticulture is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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 that ...

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Hospitality management is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

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Fine Arts is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
Fine Arts

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Journalism is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

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Ancient Greek is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
Ancient Greek

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Archaeology is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

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History is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

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Geography is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

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Hotel & Restaurant Managem... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
Hotel & Restaurant Management

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Communications is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
Communications

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Astronomy Sciences is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
Astronomy Sciences

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

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Agriculture is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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 Agriculture ...

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Law is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
Law

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Economy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

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Law is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
Law

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Biology is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Useless College Majors