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]

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. American Indian Environmental Studies - Laurentian University
  3. Angry White Men[26]
  4. Anthropology of Religion, Magic and Witchcraft - Los Angeles City College[27]
  5. Arguing with Judge Judy - UC Berkeley
  6. Contemporary American Culture: The Fifty Shades Trilogy - American University[28]
  7. Cyber Feminism - Cornell University
  8. Dracula - University of Virginia-Charlottesville[29]
  9. Ecology of Renewable Natural Resources - Texas Tech University[30]
  10. Emotional Literacy[31]
  11. Evolution
  12. Feminist New Black Man - Occidental College[32]
  13. Field Equipment Operation (tractor driving) - UC Davis
  14. Football Culture
  15. From DNA to Homo sapiens - MCLA
  16. Game of Thrones-Dartmouth[33]
  17. Gaga for Lady Gaga: Sex, Gender, and Identity - University of Virginia-Charlottesville[34]
  18. Getting dressed - Princeton University[35]
  19. Hip Hop: The Politics of Culture - UC San Diego
  20. History of Surfing - UC Santa Barbara
  21. History of Weaving - UC Berkeley
  22. Introduction to Social Networking
  23. Labor Studies - UM Saint Louis & UM Kansas City[36]
  24. Marijuana Law and Policy - Vanderbilt University Law School [37]
  25. Media Genres (studies zombies) - University of Baltimore[38]
  26. Medicinal Plant Chemistry - Northern Michigan University[39]
  27. Monsters - University of Pennsylvania[40]
  28. Native American Feminism - University of Michigan
  29. Occupy the Field: Global Finance, Inequality, Social Movement - Columbia University[41]
  30. Philosophy and Star Trek – Georgetown University in Washington[42]
  31. Physiology of Cannabis, Spring - UC Davis [43]
  32. Pilot Brewery (brewmaster) - UC Davis
  33. Politicizing Beyoncé - Rutgers University class from the Department of Women's and Gender Studies[44]
  34. Queer Musicology – UCLA
  35. Quidditch - Oberlin College
  36. Revolutionary Marxism - Portland State University[45]
  37. Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence - UC Berkeley
  38. Seeing with a Native Eye - Laurentian University
  39. Self-Esteem - Cal State Fresno
  40. The Legacy of Harry Potter - New York University[46]
  41. The Colbert Report: American Satire Writing Seminar - Boston University[47]
  42. The Science of Harry Potter – Frostburg University[48]
  43. The Mythology of Harry Potter - UCLA
  44. The Real Game of Thrones—Culture, Society, and Religion in the Middle Ages - Harvard University[49][50]
  45. The Science of Superheroes - UC Irvine[51]
  46. The Simpsons and the American Family - Hampshire College
  47. The Sociology of Hip-Hop: The Odyssey of Jay-Z – Georgetown University[52]
  48. The Sociology of Miley Cyrus: Race, Class, Gender, and Media - Skidmore College[53]
  49. U.S. Race Theory & the Problem of Whiteness - Arizona State University[54]
  50. Understanding Obama - Harvard Law School[55]
  51. Why Occupy Wall Street? The History and Politics of Debt and Finance - New York University[56]
  52. Witch Hunt! - Amherst College[57]


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.[58]
  • 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.[59]


  1. Multiple schools have a Condom Olympics, where students to be involved in a condom-wrapped egg toss, condom art, and a condom scavenger hunt.[60][61][62][63][64][65][66]
  2. Arizona State University hosts a masturbation workshop titled "Go F--- Yourself".[67]
  3. Hamilton College in New York and University of Minnesota host Orgasm workshop for female undergrad students.[68]
  4. Michigan State University has a "Make your own Dildo Student Event" where students learn to create sex toys.[69]
  5. Harvard University hosts a workshop called 'What What in the Butt: Anal 101', to teach that the butthole is the greatest "equalizer"[70]
  6. Marquette University, Brown University and Columbia University to host Femsex workshop. Topics include orgasms, masturbation, sex, kink and explicit coloring books.[71]
  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.[72]
  8. Multiple schools have all sorts of sex week events,[73] as Brown University includes "The Ultimate Guide to Prostate Pleasure." to teach male students how to attain ‘prostate pleasure’,[74] University of Tennessee sponsors six-day event called 'Sex Week'. [75] and worst of all, Yale hosts a workshop on the acceptance of bestiality, incest and prostitution.[76]


  1. https://www.usatoday.com/news/education/story/2012-04-24/differential-tuition-increase-major/54513940/1
  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
  24. [10]Lawschooladvice.com
  25. 100 Years of Courting, Dating & Hooking Up on College Campuses
  26. https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=12058
  27. https://www.lacitycollege.edu/Academics/Classes/documents/Fall/Fall-2018-Class-Schedule
  29. https://slavic.as.virginia.edu/course-descriptions-2
  30. Texas Tech University Course Listing
  31. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1076368/Schools-councils-waste-300-000-useless-emotional-literacy-course-faraway-island-sun.html
  32. Jason Mattera At CPAC, YouTube
  33. https://admissions.dartmouth.edu/news/2018/02/class-ice-and-fire
  34. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/09/10/lady-gaga-college-class_n_712540.html
  35. http://www.universitynavigator.com/university-blog/most-ridiculous-courses-you-can-opt-for.html
  36. Video: College Course Teaches Violent Union Tactics, The Hot Joints, April 25, 2011
  37. https://law.vanderbilt.edu/courses/341
  38. College Course Preps Pupils for Zombie Apocalypse, AOL News, September 9, 2010
  39. https://www.nmu.edu/chemistry/why-medicinal-plant-chemistry
  40. https://www.english.upenn.edu/courses/undergraduate/2018/fall/engl102.402
  41. Columbia University to Offer ‘Occupy 101′ Course, January 2, 2012
  42. Georgetown University Course Listing
  43. https://biology.ucdavis.edu/people/yu-fung-lin
  44. Higher Education: Rutgers University Offers Class on Beyonce, Jammie Wearing Fools, Jan 31, 2014
  45. https://www.theblaze.com/stories/portland-state-university-offering-revolutionary-marxism-course-and-wait-until-you-see-the-syllabus/
  46. https://gallatin.nyu.edu/academics/courses/2018/FA/idsem-ug1972_001.html
  47. Class Credit for Colbert College Course, Huffington Post, January 18, 2011
  48. 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.
  49. https://www.thecrimson.com/article/2017/9/19/the-real-game-of-thrones/
  50. https://time.com/4798917/harvard-game-of-thrones-class/
  51. The Top 8 California Schools that Are, Like, Totally Wasting Your Money, NewsRealBlog, November 14, 2010
  52. Jay-Z's street rhymes a Georgetown college course
  53. Your kid’s new college course: ‘The Sociology of Miley Cyrus’ DailyCaller.com, March 27, 2014
  54. White professor teaches 'problem of whiteness' course at Arizona State
  55. https://www.theblaze.com/stories/harvard-law-offering-understanding-obama-course-taught-by-obama-mentor/
  56. N.Y.U. To Offer Classes On Occupy Wall Street, Weasel Zippers, December 9, 2011.
  57. https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/courses/1819F/ENGL/ENGL-370-1819F
  58. Immediate actions to support and strengthen our community (June 3, 2020). Retrieved on 2020-08-21.
  59. Anti-Black Racism: History, Ideology, and Resistance (PITT 0210) — Final Course Syllabus. Retrieved on 2020-08-25.
  60. 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]
  61. https://csceagle.com/2010/11/10/condom-olympics/
  62. https://www.thecollegefix.com/student-uvas-condom-olympics-lacked-reliable-educational-component/
  63. https://www.thecollegefix.com/schoolchildren-exposed-to-giant-penis-sex-games-at-uc-berkeley/
  64. https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2015/08/condom-update.php
  65. https://www.exposingtheelca.com/exposed-blog/st-olaf-college-and-the-condom-olympics
  66. https://apps.carleton.edu/student/orgs/sarc/photos/sexsaturdayphotos/?image_id=1019516
  67. https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2018/01/31/arizona-state-hosts-masturbation-workshop-titled-go-fck-yourself/
  68. College to host orgasm workshop for female undergrads, CampusReform.com, September 25, 2013
  69. https://www.foxnews.com/us/michigan-state-cancels-make-your-own-dildo-student-event
  70. https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2017/11/08/harvard-hosts-anal-sex-workshop-entitled-what-what-in-the-butt/
  71. Catholic college to host controversial 'Femsex' workshop with 'C--t Coloring' and 'pleasure point' CampusReform.com, September 10, 2013
  72. NYU offers ‘Strap-On Play,’ ‘Sex Toys 101’ workshops for LGBTQ students, CampusReform.com, August 27, 2013
  73. https://www.wnd.com/2013/03/ivy-league-offers-prostate-pleasuring-lessons/
  74. http://www.campusreform.org/blog/?ID=4668
  75. University of Tennessee Uses Student Fees to Host Lesbian Bondage Expert
  76. Yale hosts workshop teaching sensitivity to bestiality, CampusReform.org march 5, 2013

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