The Inimitable Tiff

  1. Newsweek: The 13 Most Useless College Majors (As Determined By Science)





    1. Fine Arts

    2. Drama and Theatre Arts

    3. Film, Video, and Photographic Arts

    4. Commercial Art and Graphic Design

    5. Architecture

    6. Philosophy and Religious Studies

    7. English Literature and Language

    8. Journalism

    9. Anthropology and Archeology

    10. Hospitality Management

    11. Music

    12. History

    13. Political Science and Government

    (Ed: Your primary tumblrs majored in two of these and now work in the field of a third.)

    I combined the uselessness of #2 + #9 into something practical.

    Raise your hand if you disagree. Money alone doesn’t define the usefulness of these majors, nor should it. And 93 percent of statistics don’t always apply to you.

    Well, here’s how this usefulness was defined: “This year we started with new research (PDF) from Georgetown University—which drew from two years of census data to determine the prospects for myriad majors—to narrow down our list to more than three dozen popular college majors. We also used data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, equally weighing the following categories to determine current and future employment and earnings potential for our final ranking: Recent graduate employment, Experienced graduate employment, Recent graduate earnings, Experienced graduate earnings, & Projected growth in total number of jobs, 2010–2020.” So, you’re right, these two data sets don’t acknowledge cultural value, or happiness, or anything like that. But if we’re talking about usefulness in terms of, “Will I get my money’s worth on this college major?”, then that’s this list.

    Proud combinator of #1/#4 as well as early forays into majoring in #5 and #6.   With unofficial #8 on the side.