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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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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Disruption is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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Fine Art is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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Theater Arts is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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Religious Studies is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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English Literature is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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Cooperative Management 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
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One Laptop per Child is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

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African American Studies is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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Renaissance Study is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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Art History is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

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Fashion 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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Library Science is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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Winemaking is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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Interior design is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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Travel and Tourism is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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Film is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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Music Therapy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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Human Geography is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

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Psychology is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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Feminist Theory 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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Photography is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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Fine Arts is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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Ancient Greek is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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Sociology is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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Social Work is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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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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Political Science is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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Hospitality management is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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Journalism is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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Archaeology is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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History is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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Geography is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

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Communications is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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Hotel & Restaurant Managem... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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Astronomy Sciences is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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Agriculture is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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Criminal Justice is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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International Studies is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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Economy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

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