18th February 2016
God Bless America! The 8 Weirdest College Majors in the US
America has a long tradition as the land of the free and home of the brave. Does this include the freedom to study whatever you darn well like? And the bravery to dedicate yourself to a college course that will confuse your friends and family?
You bet it does! To prove it, we’ve found seven of the weirdest college majors currently available in the USA, as well as another that (sadly) is even more unique.
1. Booze Studies!
If you want to make your own beer, you could always study for a degree in Fermentation Sciences from the Appalachian State University. More into wine than beer? Try Cornell University’s Viticulture and Enology degree instead!
2. Masters of Packaging
For more than sixty years, Michigan State University has “been a leader in teaching, research and outreach focused on packaging containers, materials, their functionality and improvement.” We never knew so much thought went into packaging, but we’ll definitely remember next time we can’t get a pickle jar open.
3. Decision Sciences
Unable to pick your major? Why not try a course in Decision Sciences? It’s not actually designed to help you make decisions, but it does cover statistics, information systems and operation management, so it sounds quite useful.
4. Become a Professional Adventurer!
OK, so a degree in Adventure Education won’t make you an adventurer in the same way Indiana Jones is an adventurer, but it’s definitely a start.
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5. The Truth is Out There…
Do people look at you funny when you say you’ve dedicated your life to discovering aliens? They might take you more seriously if you introduce yourself as a qualified astrobiologist!
6. Shoeing Horses
Horses across the country are glad that farriers are trained professionals, as no one would want to have strips of metal nailed to their feet by an amateur.
7. Mortuary Science
If you find busy office environments a little stressful, you might enjoy the peace and solitude of the mortuary instead (as long as you don’t mind all the dead bodies).
According to its inventor, enigmatology is the study of puzzles. Why haven’t you heard of it until now? Because only one person has ever earned a degree in enigmatology: Will Shortz, who designed his own major program at Indiana University in 1974.
This makes Will Shortz the world’s only college-accredited “puzzle master,” which sounds a bit like the name of a crossword-based superhero. For this reason alone, we salute him.
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