College The Most Useless College Majors  

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A list of the worst college majors that are most unlikely to result in gainful post-graduate employment. Join the other rankers who've shared their opinions of the most useless college degrees that will poorly prepare you for job market. Are they the dumbest college majors? Not necessarily! Peace Studies sound pretty hopeful for the world. Are they fun majors to study? French food qualifies! The downside is that on the overall list of college majors, they happen to be the most difficult to find a well paying job. 

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. They're not thinking about whether their passion is considered as one of the worst majors. 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. And ideally it will be one of the most useful majors. 

But the economy is unpredictable, and jobs for recent grads from liberal arts majors aren't often plentiful. So this philosophy is being reconsidered (as is studying Philosophy in general!). Yes, Philosophy usually ranks among the worst college degrees. Graduating with a degree in a humanities subject deemed as "useless" can be a real detriment to finding work, 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. But just don't call college useless overall. Coursework in fields like science and math continue to be more directly hirable among the list of college majors. 

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Gender studies is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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2,310 762
Peace and conflict studies is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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1,981 844
William Shakespeare is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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1,736 877
Dance is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

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1,826 1,381
Philosophy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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1,560 486
Disruption is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
zxray added Disruption Exclusive at USC...thanks Dr. Dre and USC! Guess I'll be backing the Bruins now.....

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1,581 1,076
Fine Art is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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1,553 1,046
Theater Arts is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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9
1,721 1,135
Religious Studies is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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10
1,325 1,221
English Literature is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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11
1,065 753
Cooperative Management is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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1,226 1,061
Creative writing is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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1,493 637
French food is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

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1,488 656
Golf Management is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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1,016 360
One Laptop per Child is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

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1,031 389
African American Studies is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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863 405
Renaissance Study is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
Renaissance Study

18
935 489
Art History is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

19
812 1,164
Anthropology is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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995 711
Fashion design is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

21
907 752
Library Science is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
Library Science

22
853 772
Winemaking is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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745 709
Travel and Tourism is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
Travel and Tourism

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867 925
Interior design is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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676 540
Music Therapy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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