Let me start off this article with a disclaimer: I absolutely do not mean to offend anyone, or insinuate that the path they chose in life is any “easier” than anyone else’s. I’m simply relying on the facts that have been presented, which make it crystal clear that some degree programs are much less intensive than others. By analyzing student SAT scores, GPA averages, and graduation rates, it becomes pretty obvious that, although they do take hard work and dedication to complete and they may or may not make you a millionaire, the following college degree programs are the easiest to complete.
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I can already hear teachers scoffing now. But remember: I’m talking about your college program, not your actual occupation. Across the board, students who choose education as their major have the lowest overall SAT scores coming in, but graduate with the highest average GPAs. Again, this isn’t meant to be a slight against teacher candidates; rather, it’s a commentary on the low standards set by the program’s curriculum. Unfortunately, it’s not terribly difficult to pass through education courses on your way to earning a degree. Though the degree is easy to earn, teaching is not for everyone. It requires interpersonal skills and loads of patience and dedication. A large amount of graduates leave the field within five years of graduating, likely because their alma mater did not truly prepare them for the monumental task ahead of them.
Liberal Arts and Humanities are for the artists, musicians, and writers, and thinkers of the world. Humanities programs also boast the highest percentage of students with GPAs over 3.5 overall. You might surmise that this is due, at least in part, to the fact that those taking mostly dance or art classes are most likely naturally gifted in those areas, and are simply taking classes to gain more exposure and experience (whereas students in, say, engineering programs basically have to learn an entirely new set of skills). The long-running stereotype is that Humanities students won’t have many prospects upon graduating. However, many successful businessmen, including entrepreneur Damon Horowitz, actually suggest earning a higher degree in the Humanities. He believes the need for higher-level thinking and self-expression required throughout many of the programs is exactly what humankind needs in order to continue growing.
Again, I can already hear “non-math people” groaning, saying “Yeah, right. Math is hard!” Well, like I mentioned before, everyone has a specialty. Those who are predisposed to calculating numbers and understanding and memorizing formulas will most likely find it quite easy to earn a degree in mathematics. In fact, students of mathematics tend to finish their studies in the shortest amount of time, on average. And they usually hold down jobs in addition to their studies, as well. However, one advantage students of math have over the previous two entries is that their programs are sequential; they piggyback off of what was learned throughout the previous semester. Although math students certainly learn more in each class they take, they aren’t starting completely from scratch.
4. Computer Science
This one definitely surprised me, too. But remember, we’re looking at the numbers, not the perceived difficulty of a program. Computer science students boast the fifth-highest GPA across the board, and also the highest percentage of students who work or are engaged in other activities for at least 40 hours a week throughout their studies.
This is not to say it’s necessarily easy to learn the ins-and-outs of computers. Like students in the previously-discussed programs, most computer science majors enter college having at least a working knowledge of computer systems; many might not even “learn anything” until their second or third year of schooling. Furthermore, a simple degree in computer science is not enough to enter the workforce; you’ll most likely need to earn a specialized degree or certificate in a specific area, such as computer programming or engineering, in order to be considered marketable.
Health is an incredibly vast field with many facets to it. Of course, if your aim is to become an actual doctor, you’re going to have to go through years of additional schooling and residencies before you enter the profession. However, if you want to work in the medical field without getting your hands dirty, you might choose to work in health administration, which deals with the operation of hospitals and clinics, as well as the human resources side of the field. Those who wish to work with actual patients, but might not want to live with the pressure that comes with working as, say, a microscopic surgeon, may opt for a degree in health and wellness. While you’ll still need to know much about the human body, you’ll end up working as more of a consultant than an actual hands-on physician.
Communications programs focus largely on the theory of how humans interact with one another. You won’t be spending hours in a lab practicing, or in a library memorizing formulas; but you will be required to read, think, and express yourself. Like with the Humanities, however, communications majors often have a flair for creative writing and expression, so the work involved in the program will likely come naturally to them. As a communications major, you’ll prepare yourself for a career in broadcasting or other media-related profession that will require you to harness your artistic and expressive abilities in order to transmit messages to the masses in an effective manner.
7. Social Services
Social Services programs also focus highly on a person’s ability to understand theories and ideas, and translate their understanding into high-quality text. There’s certainly not much pressure to memorize formulas or specific dates or facts; it’s more about understanding content and being able to apply what you’ve learned to real-life situations. The trade-off is that you’ll spend a lot of time researching and writing about your findings. Obviously, you’ll also have duties outside of the classroom, such as fieldwork hours and extracurricular lectures. As long as you’re dedicated to serving your community, though, earning a degree in one of the many social services shouldn’t be too difficult.
8. Social Sciences
Much like social service majors, earning a degree in social sciences relies heavily on a student’s ability to read, comprehend, and write about popular theories and understandings of how the mind works. While a degree in psychology will definitely require you to memorize certain terminology and processes, you won’t spend your time crunching numbers while completing a timed exam. It’s more about proving your understanding of course material through well-documented and well-planned arguments and discussions.
Like I said from the start, none of these majors are “easy” in the sense that you can just pay for your classes, show up, and get an easy A. Each of the preceding programs requires a specific amount of determination and mindset, as well as something that can’t be taught: passion. I don’t mean to say that students of more “difficult” majors, such as engineering, aren’t passionate about their field, but I certainly doubt that the majority of these students absolutely love pulling all-nighters memorizing formulas and theorems. And many of these students will graduate looking for a job that pays well and allows them to do their own thing on their time off. The programs listed above require students to become engulfed in the lifestyle of a teacher, artist, or social worker. Although they may be easy on paper, they certainly aren’t for everyone.