Top 10 Useless College Degrees and Classes

Top 10 Useless College Degrees and Classes 10. David Beckham studies — Staffordshire
University, UK 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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