Top 10 Useless College Degrees & Classes

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Some may argue that there’s no such thing as a useless degree – any education is a good education including many degrees from online schools and universities. However, these seemingly pointless studies may be an exception to that rule. Pay attention as we list the top 10 most useless college degrees.

10. David Beckham studies – Staffordshire University, UK

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It might sound like a joke, but the squeaky-voiced soccer star actually has a degree course dedicated to him. The course, which is technically classed as “Football Culture”, has been defended by its founder, who argues that degree courses must keep with the times. Celeb-style degrees can also be found in the US, with Madonna studies injected into the Gender course at Harvard (no less) and Oprah Winfrey studies at Illinois.

9. Parapsychology – various colleges

This degree is perfect for starting a career with Ghostbusters. Oh wait, Ghostbusters are fictional – that’s four years wasted. Nevertheless, this course dedicated to the study of the paranormal (Slimer and haunted houses included) is popping up in universities and colleges worldwide. Coventry, Edinburgh, Northampton and Liverpool in the UK, plus Belford and Flamel in the US all offer the course, which makes you wonder if people are watching too many Most Haunted episodes.

8. Doctorate of Philosophy in Ufology – Melbourne University

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In August this year, Aussie Martin Plowman became the first student to become a real Dr Who after passing his studies of unidentified flying objects. After his major in culture and communications, he decided he wanted to do something a bit different, so he chose little green men. However, despite his new status, he remains open-minded about things: “When I meet someone who says they’ve seen something strange, that’s fair enough, because maybe they have. I don’t know what it is, though,”

7. The Phallus – Occidental College

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It’s difficult to get to grips with the exact nature of this course – if you’ll pardon the pun. It’s cited as studies  “between the phallus and the penis, the meaning of the phallus, phallologocentrism, the lesbian phallus, the Jewish phallus, the Latino phallus, and the relation of the phallus and fetishism” but is actually a survey offered by this distinguished college’s department of critical theory and social justice.

6. Surfing Studies – Plymouth / Melbourne

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Gone are the days of dumb surfer dudes riding the waves without a care. Now, surfing means business. With Plymouth Uni in the UK offering a BSc (Hons) in Surf Science and Technology and Southern Cross University in Australia offering Surf and Sport Management, is seems the seaside slackers want to be taken seriously. What next? Wrestling degrees?

5. Philosophy – various colleges

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Philosophy, like sociology and psychology, is one of those degrees that people do when they’re not quite sure what vocation they want to follow . It’s a fun-time four years, open to stoners, egocentrics and those that love the sound of their own voice, who will finish the course even more confused at what they want to do in life and probably end up working at a convenience store.

4. Queer Musicology – UCLA

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Due to seemingly popular demand, the UCLA have actually combined queer theory – the study of gender, feminism and gayness – with the science of music, to produce a very open-minded course within their Herb Alpert School of Music. The LA Times reported that the course will introduce debates like: “the idea that if you’re gay, then music by gay composers such as Benjamin Britten will sound different to you than it would if you were straight.”

3. Star Trek – Georgetown University in Washington

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It’s a degree, Jim, but not as we know it. The Georgetown faculty of Philosophy argues that “Star Trek is very philosophical. What better way, then, to learn philosophy, than to watch Star Trek, read philosophy, and hash it all out in class?” The Trekkies have also landed at Indiana University, who curiously combine their Star Trek Studies with religion. If only there were more vacancies for professional dorks…

2. Golf Management – University of Birmingham / Florida Gulf Coast University

Here’s another useless sport degree spreading through Universities across the world, but this one lands the number two position because it’s not even fun. There’s nothing much duller than playing golf apart from studying golf, so why these two Universities have offered courses covering the psychology of golf; equipment technology; financial performance and coach education, is a mystery.

1. Art History – various colleges

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What career would you ever get with a degree in art history? Maybe an art gallery curator, but how many of those does the world actually need? Most art history courses consist of a selection of well-to-do teenagers and arty-hippy types deliberating over the same Dali and Magritte paintings for four, even five years straight. It’s time to move on!

Honorable Mentions:

The Science of Harry Potter – Frostburg University

Maryland’s Frostburg University provides this honors seminar, which is really  a physics class that investigates the supposed magic of Harry Potter. Seems like an excuse to watch the Harry Potter movies.

Learning from YouTube – Pitzer College

California’s Pitzer College has added a class named, Learning from YouTube. TechCrunch reports that “the class consists of students watching YouTube videos and then discussing them. They also leave comments on the videos themselves.”


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369 Comments

  1. A couple of universities here in Sweden have similar useless but fun classes like the Linnaeus University class called “Harry Potter and his worlds”, but at least over here it’s free to attend university.

    • It’s free for the student attending classes perhaps. But costs other people their hard earned money to provide what amounts to worthless forms of “entertainment” for the students. Besides, they’ll learn how worthless it is later on when they are looking for work and how much it costs when they actually find work and start paying taxes. NOTHING is for free.

      Useless courses and degrees like this are precisely why I am dead set against the idea of “free college” tuition. College is NOT a right. It’s a privilege that needs to be earned. I’m all for worthy students having various avenues made available at their desposal to attend college and earn a degree. But the idea that they should get it at someone else’s cost is unjustifiable in a moral sense.

      This position I support by pointing to the fact that about half of students who start college never finish. While for some this is because of lack of money, or because they have changed their mind for trade school, more often than not it’s due to lack of discipline, motivation, or some other psychological reasoning. WAY too often even those who graduate do so with mediocre degrees, having spent most of their time partying. I do not expect to be stuck paying the bill for someone’s party time. I have three college degrees; an associates, a bachelors, and a masters, as well as several masters certifications, along with various professional certifications. I’m 59 years old and STILL pursue various educational opportunities in order to keep myself relevant. I do NOT want to be one of those people who are pushed off to pasture prematurely and have to retire early on a minimum income. I’ve paid my way through all of my degrees, less 40% tuition for my masters, which was covered by my G.I. bill.

  2. philliosophy is a degree for drifters, who don’t know what they want to do however it should not be on this list as it is a much respected subject as are many great philosophers hat have lived

  3. I’d like to point out, that this forum and the people arguing their points and trying to convince others to agree with them- English is being used, and the thought process is in effect (philosophy= critical thinking)

  4. You may laugh at surfing school or golf management but, it translates to a real job. Philosophers could be a lot more intelligent and may eventually have more upside. With the economy we are in and have been in, training and education in industries that translate to real jobs. I hold an arts degree but, I always encourage people to consider plumbing, electrical, manufacturing, agriculture, nursing, etc. We don’t have the luxury now to go to school for our passions or to become more enlightened. We need to put bread on the table!

  5. Regarding the argument about whether or not philosophy is a useless degree, I have to agree with the article, as it is largely useless, not to mention extremely dangerous.

    A lot of the philosophers who existed since the Enlightenment period (maybe late Renaissance) published works that were detrimental to Christians and other religious people, not to mention pretty much everyone nearby. Don’t forget, it was the likes of Voltaire, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Montiescqueau, and Sade who were responsible for the French Revolution and Reign of Terror, which was, until the various deaths under Communism during the 20th Century, the most violent act that ever occurred (heck, it was also the first time genocide occurred within Europe since Carthage was salted. I’m talking about Vendee.). Even later scholars such as Immanuel Kant, despite his theories on peace, fully supported the violence and bloodbath of the French Revolution. Oh, and speaking of Communism, that was founded by philosophers such as Karl Marx and Frederich Engels, not to mention nihilism being founded by Frederick Nietzsche, which made things even worse. Baudrilliard and others also contributed to the violent rhetoric, some of their works even being responsible for the Matrix trilogy, which promoted Marxism and anarcho-nihilism. Heck, Sartre, aside from being a Soviet plant, also was responsible for the communist takeover of Cambodia just by his teachings, alongside other philosophers. Most of these philosophers, in other words, were psychopaths.

    Although the Greek philosophers back then did not cause a violent riot or anything like that, they nonetheless were proven to be utterly foolish, such as Aristotle and Plato, whose theories were proven to be completely utterly wrong, such as lighter objects falling down.

    And as other people mentioned earlier, mathematics and science were started long before philosophy and in different countries (China, Egypt, and the like).

    And before you claim that I’m just spouting nonsense and haven’t actually taken a course, while I never actually took a course in Philosophy (aside from Ethics), I have done extensive research on various philosophers to come up with this realization, and besides which, I personally know a student at the college I’m going to who is undergoing a philosophy major (took an Education class together, my major being American Studies). I should point out that the student in question is an extremely stupid, drunk-on-the-Kool-Aid leftist liberal (heck, if you ever met with him and talked with him, you’d deduce immediately this much). For starters, he indicated that the GOP during 2012 trying to make English the sole language was somehow a bad thing comparable to the attempts to suppress any languages and cultures in the mid 20th-century schooling system. Also, he also basically terrified his cousin/niece (not sure which one, but definitely one of the two) who was attending a Catholic school by commenting on the extent of the Spanish Inquisition and how horrific it was. When I tried to point out that the French Revolution was far worse in terms of body count and horrors, he pretty much stated that it wouldn’t matter what they do to him after they kill him. He also implied that Communism was a Christian ideal, despite the Manifesto making it very clear that they intended to usher in atheism and exterminate all religion, Christianity especially. He also indicated that Noam Chomsky was somehow a good teacher when he was an utter rube in actuality. Oh, and he also alluded to some book by Zinn about China that indicated that Christopher Columbus deliberately tried to sabotage his voyage to India and commit genocide. Honestly, and you tell me that Philosophy is a good major to go for? Or that it actually makes you smart and grants you critical thinking? Think again!

    • Well done my friend. Couldn’t have said it better myself. BTW, Chelsea Clinton has her degree in philosophy. She clearly plans to follow in mom’s footsteps as this helps her know best what’s good for us all.

  6. Wan Azizi Nasution on

    The Datuk Seri Najib Razak university, just outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, claims to be a world first in Bumiputera studies, relating to the arts and private parts therapies(Depan Rasa). They’ve also reinvented the motor car, they claim !