April 24, 2012
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

I totally understand the need for the economic system to pump out an endless supply of deeply indebted and socially compliant units of human resource to feed the capitalist machine, but I’m concerned that this headline is a bit much.

It begs a simple question: Useless to whom?

Useless to whom, indeed. Who are these arbiters of our personal value in the grand social experiment? Where do they live? Give us their names and addresses, for they are the ones we should kill first.

The faceless overlords are getting a little sloppy with the propaganda. They should know better than to allude to themselves.

That’s how revolutions get started.

1st generation college grad of immigrant families here. I went for #7 with a little bit of 1, 3, 12 & 13 for good measure. I do alright.

The “usefulness” of your degree is an illusion. It’s not what the piece of paper says (spoiler alert: most future employers will not look, check or care), it’s you. It’s what you do with yourself, how you hustle. It’s the dues you’re willing to pay and the risks you’re willing to take. Compromising yourself based on arbitrary labels of useful or useless is a guarantee for resentment, bitterness and one hell of an existential crisis down the road. Save us all the drama:

  1. Figure out what you love
  2. Figure out how to get paid for it
  3. Educate yourself accordingly
  4. Get on your grind
  5. Profit

This is not rocket science. Unless it is.   

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