Worst College Majors

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The worst college majors are fields of study that leave the student with relatively few job opportunities and often a distorted or ultra-liberal view of the world. Students incur an average debt in excess of $25,000 for attending college, and these college majors can leave such students without the ability to pay off their loans, which are typically not dischargeable in bankruptcy.

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Majors

  1. Women's studies,[1][2][3] sometimes included as part of "gender studies"[4]
  2. Secularism[5]
  3. LGBT studies[6][7]
  4. Film[8]
  5. Puppetry
  6. English Literature/Literary Criticism
  7. Music Therapy[8]
  8. Dance[8]
  9. Interior Design[9]
  10. Art History[9]
  11. Sequential Art[10]
  12. Surf Science and Technology[11]
  13. Golf Management – University of Birmingham / Florida Gulf Coast University
  14. Communications
  15. Evolutionary biology[12]
  16. Architecture [13]
  17. Degrees leading to careers in investment banking and corporate work[14]
  18. Journalism [15]
  19. Psychology[8]
  20. Fashion Design
  21. Theater[8]
  22. Horticulture[9]
  23. Human Resources[9]
  24. Photography[8]
  25. Video Game Design
  26. Forestry/Range Management/Wildlife Management
  27. Environmental Studies
  28. Outdoor Recreation
  29. Fine Arts[16][9]
  30. Astronomy
  31. Anthropology
  32. Sociology
  33. History of Music
  34. Climatology
  35. Creative Writing
  36. French Literature [17]
  37. Comparative Religion [17]
  38. Marine Biology [17]
  39. Philosophy [17]
  40. Asian Studies [17]
  41. Gaming Management[18]
  42. United States History[18]
  43. Library Science[18]
  44. Military Technologies[18]
  45. Linguistics and Comparative Language and Literature[18]

Courses

  1. Why Occupy Wall Street? The History and Politics of Debt and Finance - New York University [19]
  2. Occupy the Field: Global Finance, Inequality, Social Movement - Columbia University [20]
  3. Football Culture
  4. Queer Musicology – UCLA
  5. The Science of Harry Potter – Frostburg University [21]
  6. Native American Feminism - University of Michigan
  7. Cyber Feminism - Cornell University
  8. Feminist New Black Man - Occidental College [22]
  9. Philosophy and Star Trek – Georgetown University in Washington [23]
  10. The Sociology of Hip-Hop: The Odyssey of Jay-Z – Georgetown University [24]
  11. Emotional Literacy[25]
  12. Media Genres, the study of zombies - University of Baltimore [26]
  13. The Science of Superheroes - UC Irvine [27]
  14. Field Equipment Operation (tractor driving) - UC Davis
  15. Hip Hop: The Politics of Culture - UC San Diego
  16. History of Surfing - UC Santa Barbara
  17. Labor Studies - UM Saint Louis & UM Kansas City [28]
  18. Arguing with Judge Judy - UC Berkeley
  19. Self-Esteem - Cal State Fresno
  20. Gaga for Lady Gaga: Sex, Gender, and Identity- University of Virginia-Charlottesville[29]
  21. Pilot Brewery (brewmaster) - UC Davis
  22. Search for Extraterrestial Intelligence - UC Berkeley
  23. Ecology of Renewable Natural Resources - Texas Tech University [30]
  24. Introduction to social networking.

External Links

References

  1. "Women’s studies ... is disappearing from British universities. ... Students have begun to realise, too, that women’s studies is useless for getting you a job. It’s no coincidence that the subject’s collapse coincided with the introduction of tuition fees. The moment you start paying for something is the moment you consider whether it’s really worthwhile." [1]
  2. http://www.boundless.org/2000/features/a0000225.html
  3. http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/features/why-is-gender-studies-dominated-by-one-gender-1.289830
  4. http://www.whitman.edu/content/genderstudies
  5. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/08/us/08secular.html
  6. http://www.yale.edu/lgbts/
  7. http://www.lgbts.umd.edu/
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 What's It Worth? Georgetown University, July 2011
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 20 Worst-Paying College Degrees in 2010 Yahoo! Finance, 08/12/2010
  10. http://www.scad.edu/sequential-art/index.cfm
  11. http://www1.plymouth.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/1645/Pages/CourseOverview.aspx
  12. That depends. It may leave you with a liberal worldview, but it is also a major that offers great jobs, and security.
  13. http://www.foxbusiness.com/slideshow/personal-finance/2010/06/28/worst-fields-graduates/#slide=5
  14. http://www.foxbusiness.com/slideshow/personal-finance/2010/06/28/worst-fields-graduates/#slide=3
  15. http://www.foxbusiness.com/slideshow/personal-finance/2010/06/28/worst-fields-graduates/#slide=4
  16. http://www.artcareer.net/faqs/job-market-outlook-for-artists-and-designers/
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 Ten Years After College: Comparing the Employment Experiences of 1992-93 Bachelor’s Degree Recipients with Academic and Career-Oriented Majors
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 18.4 10 Worst College Majors for Employment
  19. N.Y.U. To Offer Classes On Occupy Wall Street, Weasel Zippers, December 9, 2011
  20. Columbia University to Offer ‘Occupy 101′ Course, January 2, 2012
  21. CBS News: Harry Potter Goes To College: Professor Uses Boy Wizard To Explores Links Between Magic, Science, by Bootie Cosgrove-Mather, Sept. 26, 2003 [2] ...Frostburg State President Catherine R. Gira said she isn't worried that some may view a Harry Potter class as trivial. "Irrespective of the specific title of the course, the 'magic' in the fiction is being analyzed by applying concepts of physics, chemistry, biology and engineering. This honors course creatively packages scientific principles in a contemporary way that will interest today's students," Gira said.
  22. Jason Mattera At CPAC, YouTube
  23. Georgetown University Course Listing
  24. Jay-Z's street rhymes a Georgetown college course
  25. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1076368/Schools-councils-waste-300-000-useless-emotional-literacy-course-faraway-island-sun.html
  26. College Course Preps Pupils for Zombie Apocalypse, AOL News, September 9, 2010
  27. The Top 8 California Schools that Are, Like, Totally Wasting Your Money, NewsRealBlog, November 14, 2010
  28. Video: College Course Teaches Violent Union Tactics, The Hot Joints, April 25, 2011
  29. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/09/10/lady-gaga-college-class_n_712540.html
  30. Texas Tech University Course Listing