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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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2,267 756
Peace and conflict studies is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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1,954 834
William Shakespeare is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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1,704 865
Dance is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

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1,812 1,359
Philosophy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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1,538 481
Disruption is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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1,562 1,064
Fine Art is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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1,529 1,036
Theater Arts is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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1,699 1,121
Religious Studies is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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1,309 1,207
English Literature is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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1,049 744
Cooperative Management is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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1,214 1,048
Creative writing is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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1,478 629
French food is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

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1,470 650
Golf Management is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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996 357
One Laptop per Child is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

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1,003 382
African American Studies is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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845 399
Renaissance Study is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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917 482
Art History is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

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806 1,150
Anthropology is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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987 701
Fashion design is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

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897 744
Library Science is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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842 763
Winemaking is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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735 701
Travel and Tourism is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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Interior design is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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841 943
Film is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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661 534
Music Therapy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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596 400
Human Geography is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

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689 144
Feminist Theory is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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878 1,713
Psychology is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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781 958
Music is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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836 832
Photography is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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588 437
Fine Arts is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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739 322
Ancient Greek is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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650 652
Sociology is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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663 1,199
Social Work is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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519 826
Horticulture is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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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 to a related business like food processing or production," he says.

Total Number of Farmers and Ranchers in 2008: 985,900
Projected Change in Number of Jobs 2008-2018: -79,200
Percent Change: -8

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777 1,070
Political Science is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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627 869
Hospitality management is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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611 903
Journalism is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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494 901
Archaeology is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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667 1,094
History is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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376 569
Geography is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Useless College Majors

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427 547
Communications is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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457 758
Hotel & Restaurant Managem... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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312 510
Astronomy Sciences is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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378 997
Agriculture is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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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 census, in 2007.

Still, if your idea of a good day is getting up with the sun and working till it sets as an agricultural manager, a degree in agriculture might be your calling.

Just don't expect farms and ranches to be calling you, says Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D., and author of "The 10 Best College Majors for Your Personality." "It's true that farms are becoming more efficient now and so there is less of a need for farm managers," he says. That means less jobs. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor projects 64,000 fewer jobs in this field over the next seven years.

Total Number of Agricultural Managers in 2008: 1,234,000
Projected Change in Number of Jobs 2008-2018: -64,600
Percent Change: -5

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471 1,124
Criminal Justice is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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219 257
International Studies is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Useless College Majors
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226 647
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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