Five Degrees of Little “Use”

Yes, you guessed it … my field is one of them!

What are they?

Do you want to go back to school to earn a degree that could help you impress employers?

If your goals include job offers upon graduation, you’ll want to choose your major carefully, says Vicki Lynn, senior vice president of Universum, a global talent recruiting company that works with many Fortune 500 companies.

To help navigate the numerous options available today, we took a closer look at five degrees you may want to avoid, and five more employer-friendly options to consider instead.

1.  Architecture.

2. Philosophy and Religious Studies.

3. Anthropology or Archaeology

4. Area Ethnic or Civilization studies

5. Information systems

Instead, go for:

Business Admin, Elementary Ed., Criminal Justice, Psychology and Computer Science.

About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than fifty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.

  • http://thekingsfellowship.com Steve, Winnipeg, Canada

    I’m surprised my Fine Arts degree isn’t on that list.

    We used to joke that a BFA stood for Big F__ All.

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

    I took a look and found that the article illustrates the sorts of bogus and self-contradictory claims one expects from those who ignore the importance of the liberal arts… :-)

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/2012/12/is-religious-studies-a-useless-degree.html

  • John Duffy

    I got a BA in Psychology almost thirty years ago. I wish that I’d opted for Literature (my love at the time) or History (what I now teach). Not only would I have enjoyed these courses more but they would have also been more useful to me today in my field of education.

    I think that you should consider practicalities but that you should also be open to pursuing a field that you really enjoy. One’s enjoyment may lead to greater academic achievement and, therefore, greater utility.

  • Matt Edwards

    Ironically, the article was probably written by someone who majored in English or Journalism.


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