Ten useless college degrees

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Ten useless college degrees
Your degree says a lot about you. (A High-School Graduate image by TMLP from Fotolia.com)

The college years provide time for self-discovery, learning and preparation for the "real world." A college degree can be a foundation for a life worth living---with it you can acquire a job that satisfies you intellectually, emotionally and financially. However, some students decide to go another way---one that more than likely will limit their professional options after graduation.

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Bowling Industry Management

At Vincennes University in Indiana, students can major in Bowling Industry Management and Technology. In this program, they study topics such as lane care and pinspotter mechanics.

Family and Consumer Sciences

Liberty University, founded by Jerry Falwell in 1971, offers this degree to students. Although this subject matter undoubtedly will help students in their personal life, it's unlikely that graduates with this degree will find jobs that capitalise on their ability to balance work and family and make family economic decisions, all "from a Biblical perspective."

Leisure Studies

Oddly contradictory to the concept that many college students get a college degree to improve their chances in acquiring and keeping a job, the Leisure Studies degree at the University of Iowa "provides an opportunity to study...how to use your free time productively and prepare you to help others enhance their quality of life through leisure activities."

Piano Pedagogy

Belmont University, Harper College and University of Oregon all offer degrees in Piano Pedagogy, the study of teaching piano playing.

Turf and Golf Course Management

The University of Maryland offers this specialised degree that will prove most useful as long as the graduate gets a job on an actual golf course. Otherwise, it ensures a really, really well-kept home lawn.


Blacksmithing, the act of forging iron, is studied traditionally by apprenticing with a blacksmith. Given that the average annual income of a blacksmith is roughly £26,000, this degree, offered by Southern Illinois University, might not be cost-effective or practical.


Colgate University offers a Latin degree. The current job market lists little, if any, requirements for in-depth knowledge of a dead language.


The thought of a Parapsychology degree conjures up images of Bill Murray in a tan jumpsuit. There's a reason why the Ghostbusters lost their tenure at Columbia University.


Despite never having seen little green men, Dr. Martin Plowman earned a doctorate of philosophy in Ufology from Melbourne University in Australia.


Carnegie Mellon School of Music offers a bachelor's degree in Bagpiping. Although this degree might seem useless to the majority of college students---or human beings, for that matter---if you're one of the rare breed of Americans who can actually play the bagpipes, here's your chance.

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