Studies and Majors

The 10 Worst College Majors (in terms of pay)
Based on high initial unemployment rates and low initial earnings, the following represent the least valuable college majors for your time and financial investment. The data was provided by Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce (CEW), from the 2009 and 2010 American Community Survey, with median earnings based on full-time, full-year workers.

Anthropology
Anthropology



A program that focuses on the systematic study of human beings, their antecedents and related primates, and their cultural behavior and institutions, in comparative perspective. Includes instruction in biological/physical anthropology, primatology, human paleontology and prehistoric archeology, hominid evolution, anthropological linguistics, ethnography, ethnology, ethnohistory, socio-cultural anthropology, psychological anthropology, research methods, and applications to areas such as medicine, forensic pathology, museum studies, and international affairs.

Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other



Any instructional program in film/video and photographic arts not listed above.

Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other



Any instructional program in fine arts and art studies not listed above.

Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies



A program that is a structured combination of the arts, biological and physical sciences, social sciences, and humanities, emphasizing breadth of study. Includes instruction in independently designed, individualized, or regular programs.

Commercial and Advertising Art
Commercial and Advertising Art



A program in the applied visual arts that prepares individuals to use artistic techniques to effectively communicate ideas and information to business and consumer audiences via illustrations and other forms of digital or printed media. Includes instruction in concept design, layout, paste-up, and techniques such as engraving, etching, silkscreen, lithography, offset, drawing and cartooning, painting, collage, and computer graphics.

History, General
History, General



A program that focuses on the general study and interpretation of the past, including the gathering, recording, synthesizing and criticizing of evidence and theories about past events. Includes instruction in historiography; historical research methods; studies of specific periods, issues and cultures; and applications to areas such as historic preservation, public policy, and records administration.

Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies



A program that focuses on the principles underlying recreational and leisure activities, and the practices involved in providing indoor and outdoor recreational facilities and services for the general public.

Music, General
Music, General



A general program that focuses on the introductory study and appreciation of music and the performing arts. Includes instruction in music, dance, and other performing arts media.

Philosophy and Religious Studies, General
Philosophy and Religious Studies, General



A general program that combines the study of philosophy and religious studies. Includes instruction in logic; ethics; epistemology; symbolism; phenomenology; the sociology, psychology, philosophy, anthropology, literature, and art of religion; and world religions.

English Language and Literature, General
English Language and Literature, General



A general program that focuses on the English language, including its history, structure and related communications skills; and the literature and culture of English-speaking peoples.

   
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