Weird college courses

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It’s not weird, it’s different.

At a time when COVID-19 has also created an unemployment pandemic and shut down many universities and colleges, it has become more relevant than ever for students and future graduates to think deeply about the careers they want to pursue. Sometimes the “weird” can keep you one step ahead!

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Here are some of the weirdest courses offered at American universities and colleges:

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Carnegie Mellon University has become the first university in the United States to offer a major in instrument proficiency that was close to its Scottish founder. She started a major in bagpipes in 2009. The university takes its bagpipe program very seriously, as evidenced by the fact that the program was led by the late renowned bagpipe player. Alasdair Gillies, who was the last piper in the Queen’s Own Highlanders Regiment of the British Army.

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Bowling Industry Management and Technology

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Bowling isn’t just a fun game, it’s also a huge industry, and there’s a lot of money to be made for people who know what they’re doing. University of Vincennes offers a unique two-year program to prepare people who take bowling seriously.

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Is there life on other planets? Is there another type of biological system prevalent in some part of a galaxy far, far away? Did our cellular ancestors come from a distant solar system? These are some of the questions that astrobiology attempts to answer. It is the study of life in the universe. Once considered an esoteric field of science bordering on science fiction, it is now considered serious mainstream, as evidenced by many reputable colleges and universities offering graduate programs inside.

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Fermentation sciences

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Much of our food and beverages are produced because of fermentation. As the difference between fermentation and rotting is minutes or hours or a slight variation in temperature, it is very important to understand the biology, biochemistry and microbiology of this complex process. Colorado State University and Appalachian State University are two of the few universities to offer a major in this field.

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Have you ever wondered how big theme parks, casinos, movie premieres, etc. set up dazzling decorations? This is exactly what the Undergraduate Entertainment Engineering and Design program offered by the University of Las Vegas teaches. A degree in this program will enable you to create wonderful movie sets, theme park rides, acoustic designs. etc that will captivate viewers.

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Chemistry of medicinal plants (aka cannabis cultivation)

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The marijuana industry is booming, and with more states (and countries) legalizing marijuana, the industry is set to grow. People trained in the art of growing and processing cannabis will form the core of this industry’s workforce, and a degree will go a long way toward achieving that. the University of Northern Michigan offers a four-year program to train future producers.

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Viticulture is the study and practice of growing grapes, and oenology is the study of wine and winemaking. At least two prestigious universities, Cornell and U.C. Davis, offer majors in this discipline. Classes consist of walking around the wine farms, testing the grapes and tasting the wines (mmm!).

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puppets

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Did you know that Yoda in the first trilogy of star wars movies was a puppet? Puppetry is an art that goes back a long way in human history and is not as simple as it seems. The major offered by University of Connecticut comes to mind if working with puppets is something you want to pursue as a career.

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Nautical archeology

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If the exploration of underwater historical sites, events, debris, etc. fascinates you, then Texas A&M and University of Miami have something to offer that might interest you. They both offer degrees in the discipline of nautical/underwater archaeology.

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Turf Science

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Although you may not have heard of it, this discipline is quite old and Penn State first offered in 1929. Graduates manage golf courses, football fields, baseball rounds, and other fields that require specialized grass handling.

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farrier science

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Farrier science is the study of horses’ hooves, shoes, and the fit of shoes to horses’ hooves. Very few universities offer a degree program, of which Mesalands Community College stands. Cornell also offers two minor courses.

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This major is offered by Kansas State University. It not only teaches you how to cook, but also immerses you in the science behind cooking and the chemical reactions that occur in the oven that lead to the final delicacy, paving the way for innovation in the food industry. Students also learn the business side of bakeries and baked goods.

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jazz studies

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One of the universities offering this major defines as “an in-depth study of jazz history and literature, jazz improvisation, arrangement and composition, jazz theory and pedagogy, music lessons applied to jazz and performance opportunities in jazz combos and big bands”. Two great universities, ohio state and North West, among a few others, offer a major in this area.

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Wildlife

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At a time when the Earth faces unprecedented biodiversity loss, wildlife programs will become more important. Some colleges offer a degree in fisheries and wildlife management which allows graduates to help in their preservation and conservation. Humboldt State University and Arkansas University of Technology are some of the schools that offer quite rigorous programs in this discipline.

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Forge and metallurgy

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Southern Illinois University offers a BFA in metallurgy and a master’s degree in blacksmithing. It is the only university that offers such a program.

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Comic

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Today, Hollywood is ruled by movies that started out as comic books. If you want to learn the art of drawing and writing comics, you will find the cartoon program by Minneapolis College of Art and Design quite helpful.

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Race track industry

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A lot of effort goes into running events like the Belmont Stakes or the Kentucky Derby, and that’s probably why University of Arizona took it upon himself to train people who could lead the horse racing industry.

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