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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3,437 835
Gender studies is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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2,202 745
Peace and conflict studies is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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1,892 817
William Shakespeare is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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1,648 849
Dance is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

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1,772 1,328
Philosophy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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1,502 474
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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1,531 1,052
Fine Art is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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1,495 1,023
Theater Arts is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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1,664 1,100
Religious Studies is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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10
1,285 1,183
English Literature is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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11
1,030 732
Cooperative Management is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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1,188 1,028
Creative writing is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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1,444 622
French food is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

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1,436 638
Golf Management is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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954 353
One Laptop per Child is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

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967 369
African American Studies is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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819 393
Renaissance Study is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
Renaissance Study

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891 473
Art History is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

19
968 690
Fashion design is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

20
793 1,126
Anthropology is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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21
881 731
Library Science is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
Library Science

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823 749
Winemaking is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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849 900
Interior design is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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720 690
Travel and Tourism is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
Travel and Tourism

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825 931
Film is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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642 526
Music Therapy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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585 389
Human Geography is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

28
865 1,684
Psychology is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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635 140
Feminist Theory is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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769 942
Music is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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822 820
Photography is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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571 430
Fine Arts is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
Fine Arts

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720 316
Ancient Greek is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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635 637
Sociology is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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652 1,174
Social Work is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
Social Work

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763 1,049
Political Science is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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509 813
Horticulture is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
School Buddy added 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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617 854
Hospitality management is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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603 883
Journalism is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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487 888
Archaeology is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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654 1,072
History is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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371 557
Geography is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

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410 534
Communications is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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451 746
Hotel & Restaurant Managem... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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305 496
Astronomy Sciences is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
Astronomy Sciences

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372 980
Agriculture is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
School Buddy added 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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467 1,101
Criminal Justice is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
Criminal Justice

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212 244
International Studies is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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224 620
Economy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

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238 867
Law is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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