Many people pursue an online degree hoping it will be a fast and easy way to get to a diploma. Unfortunately, there really are no shortcuts to earning a college degree—a significant investment of time and effort is needed, regardless of whether you are pursuing an online or on-campus degree. That being said, some degrees are actually easier than others.
Why take the “easy” road?
Many people are intimidated by the perceived difficulty in earning a degree and are reticent to start. Overall the amount of effort pales in comparison to the actual benefits of increasing your job prospects, not to mention long-term earning potential. So rather than avoiding college altogether, why not search for the easiest degree that you can find? Not all college degrees take the same amount of time and effort, and it may take a lot less time than you expected.
Maybe you’re not necessarily intimidated by the college experience, but you simply don’t enjoy school. You are only interested in earning a college degree for the advantages it will give you, while putting in as little effort as possible. That’s an understandable motive in today’s stressful, fast-paced society. By spending less work and less time studying, it can mean reduced stress for you and increased time to pursue hobbies or work opportunities.
Determining the easiest degree path really depend on your own abilities as well as the specific school you decide upon. Take into account whether you excel in math, science or languages. Also look at which subjects that you are naturally drawn to. Examining your strengths and weaknesses will help to determine which majors will be more or less difficult for you. The level of demand and difficulty may also differ between schools, which can affect the complexity of your degree.
GPAs and attrition rate statistics for various college majors easily points to the easiest degrees to attain. In a recent study by the economics department of Wake Forest University—analyzing the average grade distribution for 20 separate college degree fields over a decade—they were able to find a pattern of which majors emerged as easier over time.
An obvious correlation was that the higher the average grades results, the easier the degree major. The following list is based upon that theory. Liberal Arts degrees were generally found to be easier than math or science degrees, no real surprise. One exception to this was that computer science ranked to be one of the easiest while philosophy and political science were found to be among the more difficult degrees.
6. Anthropology and Sociology
9. Computer Science
Scott Andersen is a career counselor and content contributor for thebestcolleges.org. Check out this ranking of the Top 50 Colleges in America, and top college rankings in specific fields, like medical billing.