Weird university courses

It’s not weird, it’s different.

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

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Here are some of the weirder courses offered at universities and colleges in America:

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Carnegie Mellon University became the first university in the United States to offer a specialization in mastery of the instrument which was close to its Scottish founder. She debuted a bagpipe major in 2009. The university takes their bagpipe program very seriously, as evidenced by the fact that the program was run by the famous bagpipe player. Alasdair gillies, who was the last pipe major of the Queen’s Own Highlanders regiment of the British Army.


Bowling Industry Management and Technology

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Bowling is not only a fun game, but also a huge industry, and there is a lot of money to be made for people who know what they are 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 the other planets? Is there another type of biological system predominant in 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 tries to answer. It is the study of life in the universe. Once considered an esoteric scientific field bordering on science fiction, today it is considered a serious current, as evidenced by many reputable colleges and universities offering graduate programs inside.


Fermentation sciences

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Much of our food and drink is produced because of fermentation. As the difference between fermentation and rotting is a few minutes or hours or a slight change in temperature, it is very important to master 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 great theme parks, casinos, movie premieres, etc. have set up dazzling sets? This is exactly what the undergraduate program in Entertainment Engineering and Design offered by the University of Las Vegas teaches. A diploma in this program will allow you to create wonderful movie sets, theme park rides, acoustic designs. etc. that will captivate viewers.


Medicinal plant chemistry (or 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 cannabis cultivation and processing will form the core workforce of this industry, and a degree will go a long way in achieving this. 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 enology is the study of wine and winemaking. At least two prestigious universities, Cornell and UC Davis, offer majors in this discipline. Classes consist of wandering through wine farms, testing grapes and tasting wines (mmm!).


Puppet art

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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 dates far back 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.


Nautical archeology

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Whether exploring underwater historic sites, events, debris, etc. fascinates you, then Texas A&M and Miami University have something to offer that might interest you. They both offer degrees in the discipline of Nautical / Underwater Archeology.


Lawn science

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



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The science of the farrier is the study of hooves, shoes, and the fit of shoes to horses’ hooves. Very few universities offer a degree program, including 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 delves into the science behind cooking and the chemical reactions that take 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.


Jazz Studies

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



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At a time when the Earth is facing unprecedented biodiversity loss, wildlife programs will become more important. Some colleges offer a diploma in fisheries and wildlife management that allows graduates to help with their preservation and conservation. Humboldt State University and Arkansas Technical University are some of the schools that offer fairly rigorous programs in this discipline.


Forge and metallurgy

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University of Southern Illinois offers a BFA in metallurgy and an MFA in forging. It is the only university that offers such a program.



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


Race Track Industry

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A lot of effort goes into organizing events like the Belmont Stakes or the Kentucky Derby, and that’s probably why University of Arizona took on the task of training people who could lead the horse racing industry.

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