I just came across an amusing-verging-on-horrifying list at The Atlantic (channeling PayScale) about the least valuable colleges and majors in the United States. Put simply, the chart below shows how much students pursuing these majors at these colleges can expect to have earned, on average, twenty years after graduating.
Clearly, college is not always a great investment. That’s not to say education is worthless in and of itself, or that studying Arts at Murray State University is a waste of time, or even that growing one’s income potential is the most important reason to go to college. But at the very least, students should inform themselves about how others have fared after graduating from their college or, more specifically, their academic program — especially if they are financing their education with student loan debt or have no concrete plans for employment after graduation.