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.

Adding insult to injury, many public colleges have begun charging students more if they decline one of the Worst College Majors, and study something of value instead.[1] Incidentally, a study by USA Today and the non-profit Education Sector showed that 514 colleges are more likely to produce defaults in student loans than graduates.[2]

In addition, college matters less and less to employers. The number of degree-less hires is trending way up at Google.[3] The President of the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy wrote in the Wall Street Journal, “Many liberal-arts graduates, even from the best schools, aren’t getting jobs in part because they didn’t learn much in school.”[4] The most valuable degrees are certain fields in STEM subjects.

Undergraduate majors

  1. American Indian/Native/Indigenous studies
  2. Animal Science[5]
  3. Anthropology/Archeology[6]
  4. Art History[5][7]
  5. Black studies
  6. Business Administration/Management[8]
  7. Child and Family Studies[5]
  8. Climatology
  9. Comedic Arts [9]
  10. Commercial Art/Graphic Design[6]
  11. Communications[7]
  12. Comparative Religion
  13. Creative Writing
  14. Criminal Justice[8]
  15. Culinary Arts[5]
  16. Dance[7][10]
  17. Drama/Theater[8][10]
  18. Economics (without a numerate bias)[8]
  19. English Literature/Literary Criticism[6]
  20. Environmental Studies
  21. Exercise Science[5]
  22. Fashion Design
  23. Film/Video[6][10]
  24. Fine Arts[6][11]
  25. Forestry/Range Management/Wildlife Management
  26. Gaming Management[12]
  27. Gender Studies[13]
  28. Golf Management – University of Birmingham / Florida Gulf Coast University
  29. Hispanic studies
  30. History[6]
  31. History of Music
  32. Horticulture[5]
  33. Human Resources
  34. Interior Design
  35. Islamic Studies[14]
  36. Journalism[15]
  37. Latin[7]
  38. Leisure Studies[7]
  39. Liberal Arts[6]
  40. LGBT studies[16][17]
  41. Music[5][6]
  42. Music/Art Therapy[7][10]
  43. Outdoor Adventure Leadership - Laurentian University
  44. Paralegal studies/prelaw
  45. Philosophy[6][18]
  46. Photography[5][6]
  47. Psychology[8][10]
  48. Physical Fitness/Education[6][7]
  49. Puppetry
  50. Secularism[19][20][21] (See also: Views on atheists)
  51. Sequential Art[22]
  52. Social Work[5]
  53. Sociology
  54. Urban Planning
  55. Video Game Design
  56. Women's studies[7]
  57. Justice and Peace Studies

Graduate programs

  1. Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology[23]
  2. Computer Engineering[23]
  3. Fine Arts[23]
  4. Law (from a low-ranked, especially tier 4 law school)[23](Note: Tier 1 = US News ranking 1-50, Tier 2 = US News Ranking 50-100, Tier 3 = US News Ranking 100-150, Tier 4 = US News Ranking 150-200)[24]
  5. PR, Advertising & Mass-Media[23]


  1. 100 Years of Courting, Dating & Hooking Up on College Campuses - New York University[25]
  2. All the Single Ladies - Tufts University Experimental College[26]
  3. American Indian Environmental Studies - Laurentian University
  4. American Witches - Tufts University Experimental College[27]
  5. Angry White Men[28]
  6. Anthropology of Religion, Magic and Witchcraft - Los Angeles City College[29]
  7. Arguing with Judge Judy - UC Berkeley
  8. Beer and Spirits - Boston University[30]
  9. Beyoncé Nation - Cornell University[31]
  10. Brain Like Berkeley: An Insight into the Artistry of Frank Ocean - UC Berkeley[32]
  11. Calling Bullshit: Data Reasoning in a Digital World - University of Washington-Seattle[33]
  12. Cannabis and Cannabinoids in Physiology and Medicine
  13. Communicating Bullshit - University of Southern Maine[34]
  14. Contemporary American Culture: The Fifty Shades Trilogy - American University[35]
  15. Cyber Feminism - Cornell University
  16. Dracula - University of Virginia-Charlottesville[36]
  17. Ecology of Renewable Natural Resources - Texas Tech University[37]
  18. Emotional Literacy[38]
  19. Evolution
  20. Feminist New Black Man - Occidental College[39]
  21. Field Equipment Operation (tractor driving) - UC Davis
  22. Football Culture
  23. From DNA to Homo sapiens - MCLA
  24. Game of Thrones: Re-Imagining Medieval History as an Allegory of the Present -Dartmouth[40]
  25. Gaga for Lady Gaga: Sex, Gender, and Identity - University of Virginia-Charlottesville[41]
  26. Getting dressed - Princeton University[42]
  27. Happiness - Xavier University[43]
  28. Harry Potter Studies - University of Central Florida[44]
  29. Hip Hop: The Politics of Culture - UC San Diego
  30. History of Surfing - UC Santa Barbara
  31. History of Weaving - UC Berkeley
  32. Ice Cream 101: Introduction to Frozen Desserts - Penn State–State College, Pennsylvania[45]
  33. Intro to Cannabis - University of Cincinnati[46]
  34. Introduction to Social Networking
  35. Labor Studies - UM Saint Louis & UM Kansas City[47]
  36. Marijuana Law and Policy - Vanderbilt University Law School [48]
  37. Media Genres (studies zombies) - University of Baltimore[49]
  38. Medicinal Plant Chemistry - Northern Michigan University[50]
  39. Monsters - University of Pennsylvania[51]
  40. Native American Feminism - University of Michigan
  41. Occupy the Field: Global Finance, Inequality, Social Movement - Columbia University[52]
  42. Nonhuman Subjects: Monsters, Aliens, Ghosts, and Others - The University of Arizona[53]
  43. Philosophy and Star Trek – Georgetown University in Washington[54]
  44. Physiology of Cannabis, Spring - UC Davis [55]
  45. Pilot Brewery (brewmaster) - UC Davis
  46. Politicizing Beyoncé - Rutgers University class from the Department of Women's and Gender Studies[56]
  47. Queer Musicology – UCLA
  48. Quidditch - Oberlin College
  49. Revolutionary Marxism - Portland State University[57]
  50. Sailing, Surfing, Windsurfing, and Wakeboarding - UCSD[58]
  51. Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence - UC Berkeley
  52. Seeing with a Native Eye - Laurentian University
  53. Self-Esteem - Cal State Fresno
  54. Skateboard Culture and Popular Culture - University of Oregon[59]
  55. Spongebobology - Oberlin College[60]
  56. The Legacy of Harry Potter - New York University[61]
  57. The Colbert Report: American Satire Writing Seminar - Boston University[62]
  58. The Science of Harry Potter – Frostburg University[63]
  59. The Legacy of Harry Potter - New York University[64]
  60. The Marine Science of SpongeBob SquarePants - University of Georgia[65]
  61. The Mythology of Harry Potter - UCLA
  62. The Real Game of Thrones—Culture, Society, and Religion in the Middle Ages - Harvard University[66][67]
  63. The Science of Superheroes - UC Irvine[68]
  64. The Simpsons and the American Family - Hampshire College
  65. The Sociology of Hip-Hop: The Odyssey of Jay-Z – Georgetown University[69]
  66. The Sociology of Miley Cyrus: Race, Class, Gender, and Media - Skidmore College[70]
  67. U.S. Race Theory & the Problem of Whiteness - Arizona State University[71]
  68. Understanding Obama - Harvard Law School[72]
  69. Why Occupy Wall Street? The History and Politics of Debt and Finance - New York University[73]
  70. Wine and Beer in Western Culture - Ohio State University[74]
  71. Witch Hunt! - Amherst College[75]
  72. History of Evolutionary Thought - University of Tennessee at Chattanooga[76]


Multiple colleges and universities have workshops on white privilege. In response to the demands of black students in the 1970s, many universities established academic programs in "black studies" or "Africana Studies." These programs were structured as conventional departments that offered majors, master degrees and even doctorates in the field. Specialized journals reported on their scholarship and research. However, as a part of the Black Lives Matter movement, black students are demanding new programs in "anti-black racism", mandatory training in "anti-racism" during new student orientation and even for-credit mandatory classes in anti-racism. This raises the logical question whether these demands are an implicit rejection of the prior black studies programs as ineffective or illegitimate. For example, will the student's demands be satisfied if the new graduation requirement was to take one of a number of classes offered by an area studies or Africana Studies program? What is the value of an Africana Studies major's degree awarded over the past fifty years now that the current academic fashion has embraced anti-racism? It is unclear how anti-racism studies differs from black studies or Africana studies.

  • During summer 2020, Martha Pollack, President of Cornell University recommended that all students, faculty and staff engage in a "community book read" of How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi.[77]
  • The University of Pittsburgh requires a one credit hour course, "Anti-Black Racism: History, Ideology, and Resistance (PITT 0210)" to indoctrinate all students in anti-racism. Students are automatically enrolled in the class and cannot drop it for any reason.[78]


  1. Multiple schools have a Condom Olympics, where students to be involved in a condom-wrapped egg toss, condom water balloon toss, condom art, and a condom scavenger hunt.[79][80][81][82][83][84][85][86][87][88]
  2. Arizona State University hosts a masturbation workshop titled "Go F--- Yourself".[89]
  3. Hamilton College in New York and University of Minnesota host Orgasm workshop for female undergrad students.[90]
  4. Michigan State University has a "Make your own Dildo Student Event" where students learn to create sex toys.[91]
  5. Harvard University hosts a workshop called 'What What in the Butt: Anal 101', to teach that the butthole is the greatest "equalizer"[92]
  6. Marquette University, Brown University and Columbia University to host Femsex workshop. Topics include orgasms, masturbation, sex, kink and explicit coloring books.[93]
  7. New York University sponsors Strap-On Play, Sex Toys 101, and Oral Sex Tips, part of the bigger event called “Babeland: Queer Student Night with NYU LGBTQ Student Center.[94]
  8. Multiple schools have all sorts of sex week events,[95] as Brown University includes "The Ultimate Guide to Prostate Pleasure." to teach male students how to attain ‘prostate pleasure’,[96] University of Tennessee sponsors six-day event called 'Sex Week'. [97] and worst of all, Yale hosts a workshop on the acceptance of bestiality, incest and prostitution.[98]


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  2. https://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/07/03/514-Colleges-Have-Higher-Default-Rates-Than-Graduation-Rates
  3. In Head-Hunting, Big Data May Not Be Such a Big Deal, NYTimes, June 19, 2013
  4. Sorry Left AND Right, No Job Requires A College Degree, Forbes.com, February 10, 2013
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 [1] Kiplinger, May 2015
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 [2] Yahoo Finance, June 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 [3] College Crunch, December 2008
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 [4] Yahoo Finance, June 2013
  9. Emerson College in Boston to Offer Comedy Major in 2016
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 What's It Worth? Georgetown University, July 2011
  11. http://www.artcareer.net/faqs/job-market-outlook-for-artists-and-designers/
  12. 10 Worst College Majors for Employment
  13. https://www.ncf.edu/academics/undergraduate-program/interdisciplinary-programs/gender-studies/
  14. http://colleges.collegetoolkit.com/colleges/browse/majors/byid/islamic_studies/38.0205.aspx
  15. https://www.foxbusiness.com/slideshow/personal-finance/2010/06/28/worst-fields-graduates/#slide=4
  16. http://www.yale.edu/lgbts/
  17. http://www.lgbts.umd.edu/
  18. [5]
  19. Pitzer College in California Adds Major in Secularism
  20. In their book Encyclopedia of Social Deviance, which was published in 2014, authors Craig J. Forsyth and ‎Heith Copes wrote: "Atheism as a subject of social science has also generally been ignored in comparison with the scholarly work on religion" (see page 41 of their book). Social Scientists are often generally reluctant to study atheists and it is considered not a great thing to have on your resume for future employment as far as graduate students (see: Why is Psychology Silent When it Comes to Atheism? - Dr. Melanie Brewster - Skepticon 7, Published on Nov 27, 2014). According to the atheist Dr. Melanie Brewster, "Good peer-reviewed psychology journals are kind of hesitant to take studies on atheism."[6] Hunsberger was the first social scientists to do a fairly intensive look at atheists and a book on his study was published in 2006.[7] One of the great ironies of this state of affairs is that the very well-known psychiatrist Sigmund Freud was an atheist (much of his work is now considered pseudoscience).[8] (See also: Sigmund Freud's view of religion).
  21. Global atheism/agnosticism is declining and the trend of desecularization is expected to continue in the 21st century. Professor Eric Kaufmann told a secular audience in Australia: "The trends that are happening worldwide inevitably in an age of globalization are going to affect us."[9] In the Western World and the world as a whole interest in internet atheism is declining.
  22. http://www.scad.edu/sequential-art/index.cfm
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 23.4 5 Graduate Degrees That Don't Pay Off Bankrate.com
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  25. 100 Years of Courting, Dating & Hooking Up on College Campuses
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  28. https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=12058
  29. https://www.lacitycollege.edu/Academics/Classes/documents/Fall/Fall-2018-Class-Schedule
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  36. https://slavic.as.virginia.edu/course-descriptions-2
  37. Texas Tech University Course Listing
  38. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1076368/Schools-councils-waste-300-000-useless-emotional-literacy-course-faraway-island-sun.html
  39. Jason Mattera At CPAC, YouTube
  40. https://admissions.dartmouth.edu/news/2018/02/class-ice-and-fire
  41. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/09/10/lady-gaga-college-class_n_712540.html
  42. http://www.universitynavigator.com/university-blog/most-ridiculous-courses-you-can-opt-for.html
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  47. Video: College Course Teaches Violent Union Tactics, The Hot Joints, April 25, 2011
  48. https://law.vanderbilt.edu/courses/341
  49. College Course Preps Pupils for Zombie Apocalypse, AOL News, September 9, 2010
  50. https://www.nmu.edu/chemistry/why-medicinal-plant-chemistry
  51. https://www.english.upenn.edu/courses/undergraduate/2018/fall/engl102.402
  52. Columbia University to Offer ‘Occupy 101′ Course, January 2, 2012
  53. https://www.coursehero.com/college-life/fun-college-classes/amp/
  54. Georgetown University Course Listing
  55. https://biology.ucdavis.edu/people/yu-fung-lin
  56. Higher Education: Rutgers University Offers Class on Beyonce, Jammie Wearing Fools, Jan 31, 2014
  57. https://www.theblaze.com/stories/portland-state-university-offering-revolutionary-marxism-course-and-wait-until-you-see-the-syllabus/
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  61. https://gallatin.nyu.edu/academics/courses/2018/FA/idsem-ug1972_001.html
  62. Class Credit for Colbert College Course, Huffington Post, January 18, 2011
  63. CBS News: Harry Potter Goes To College: Professor Uses Boy Wizard To Explores Links Between Magic, Science, by Bootie Cosgrove-Mather, Sept. 26, 2003 [11] ...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.
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  66. https://www.thecrimson.com/article/2017/9/19/the-real-game-of-thrones/
  67. https://time.com/4798917/harvard-game-of-thrones-class/
  68. The Top 8 California Schools that Are, Like, Totally Wasting Your Money, NewsRealBlog, November 14, 2010
  69. Jay-Z's street rhymes a Georgetown college course
  70. Your kid’s new college course: ‘The Sociology of Miley Cyrus’ DailyCaller.com, March 27, 2014
  71. White professor teaches 'problem of whiteness' course at Arizona State
  72. https://www.theblaze.com/stories/harvard-law-offering-understanding-obama-course-taught-by-obama-mentor/
  73. N.Y.U. To Offer Classes On Occupy Wall Street, Weasel Zippers, December 9, 2011.
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  75. https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/courses/1819F/ENGL/ENGL-370-1819F
  76. https://www.coursicle.com/utc/courses/BIOL/4550/
  77. Immediate actions to support and strengthen our community (June 3, 2020). Retrieved on 2020-08-21.
  78. Anti-Black Racism: History, Ideology, and Resistance (PITT 0210) — Final Course Syllabus. Retrieved on 2020-08-25.
  79. https://uwm.edu/welcome/event/condom-olympics/
  80. https://www.campusreform.org/article?id=5437
  81. http://www.ijreview.com/2014/02/115262-meanwhile-university-arizona-plans-condom-olympics/ Meanwhile, University Of Arizona Plans ‘Condom Olympics’, IJReview.com, February 15, 2014]
  82. https://csceagle.com/2010/11/10/condom-olympics/
  83. https://www.thecollegefix.com/student-uvas-condom-olympics-lacked-reliable-educational-component/
  84. https://www.thecollegefix.com/schoolchildren-exposed-to-giant-penis-sex-games-at-uc-berkeley/
  85. https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2015/08/condom-update.php
  86. https://www.exposingtheelca.com/exposed-blog/st-olaf-college-and-the-condom-olympics
  87. https://apps.carleton.edu/student/orgs/sarc/photos/sexsaturdayphotos/?image_id=1019516
  88. https://www.upressonline.com/2014/02/not-with-a-bang-but-with-a-blow-fau-condom-olympics-closing-ceremony/
  89. https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2018/01/31/arizona-state-hosts-masturbation-workshop-titled-go-fck-yourself/
  90. College to host orgasm workshop for female undergrads, CampusReform.com, September 25, 2013
  91. https://www.foxnews.com/us/michigan-state-cancels-make-your-own-dildo-student-event
  92. https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2017/11/08/harvard-hosts-anal-sex-workshop-entitled-what-what-in-the-butt/
  93. Catholic college to host controversial 'Femsex' workshop with 'C--t Coloring' and 'pleasure point' CampusReform.com, September 10, 2013
  94. NYU offers ‘Strap-On Play,’ ‘Sex Toys 101’ workshops for LGBTQ students, CampusReform.com, August 27, 2013
  95. https://www.wnd.com/2013/03/ivy-league-offers-prostate-pleasuring-lessons/
  96. http://www.campusreform.org/blog/?ID=4668
  97. University of Tennessee Uses Student Fees to Host Lesbian Bondage Expert
  98. Yale hosts workshop teaching sensitivity to bestiality, CampusReform.org march 5, 2013

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