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Top 10 Unusual College Majors

Written by: Editorial Staff

April 4, 2011
Filed Under Education 


A list of the top ten unusual college majorsContributed by Paul Seaburn, Top 10 Guru

Are you looking for a college major that is both fun and challenging and will stand out on your resume? Are you a college athlete looking for classes that won’t interfere with sports?

Then one of these unusual college majors could be right for you.

Here is a list of the top ten unusual college majors. Know of another one? Let us in on it!

10. Horse track management

Racetrack managment is one of the top ten unusual college majors

Mint julep recipes and Derby hat recommendations aren’t the only things needed to manage a horse racing track. The University of Arizona offers a Race Track Industry Program with courses in track management and marketing, animal care and racing laws. And no one misses class by oversleeping with that post-horn alarm clock.

9. Puppetry

Puppetry isone of the top ten unusual college majors

You may have to pull some strings to get accepted into the Puppet Arts Program at the University of Connecticut, the only school offering both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the ancient art form. Graduates have gone on to work in theater, television and film productions, design toys and develop puppet education and therapy programs.

8. Nanny

Nanny program is one of the top ten unusual college majors

Don’t call them babysitters! Graduates of the Nanny program at Sullivan University in Louisville, Kentucky, have the skills required to work as private nannies as well as in day care centers, hospitals and other facilities offering child care services.

7. Bowling center management

Bolwling center management is one of the top ten unusual college majors

Save your spare change, put your size on the back of your shoes and roll an application to Vincennes University in Indiana if you’re interested in getting a degree in Bowling Industry Management. Courses include bowling center management, pinsetter and lane maintenance and coaching using the university’s fully-equipped 18-lane bowling center.

6. Surfing

Surfing is one of the top ten unusual college majors

Dude, where’s my degree in surfing? It’s at the University of Plymouth in the United Kingdom, where a degree in Surf Science and Technology provides surfer dudes and dudettes with academic study of the scientific, technical and business aspects of the international surfing industries. And of course, grab your surf gear and go … there’s plenty of opportunities for surfing of the coast of Plymouth.

5. Fishing

Fishing management is one of the top ten unusual college degrees

Trolling for a degree program that involves sitting on the dock of the bay? Head for Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, and pursue a course in Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management. Learn about marine and aquatic biology, freshwater and saltwater ecosystems, fishing production operations and the best way to keep a worm on a hook.

4. Metalworking

Metal working is one of the top ten unusual college majors

Forge ahead in the hot (temperature-wise) field of blacksmithing with a degree from the School of Art and Design at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. It’s a hands-on program that teaches both traditional and sculptural approaches to working with metal that can lead to careers in both industry and the arts. Students can weld friendships with other blacksmiths by joining the Southern Illinois Metalsmiths Society.

3. Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is one of the top ten most unusual college majors

If you’re someone who knows the nose, you might be interested in traveling to Edinburgh, Scotland, where Napier University offers a degree in aromatherapy. Students learn essential oil therapy that can be used in massage therapy or holistic health care. If you’re interested in creating your own aromatic oil mixes, this is a degree than makes scents.

2. Comedy

Comedy is one of the top ten unusual college majors

A college degree is nothing to laugh at … unless it’s in comedy. Comedians do make it a career. Humber College in Toronto, Canada, offers a degree in Comedy Writing & Performance with training in stand-up, scriptwriting, sketch performance and other aspects of the funny business. The college works in conjunction with Yuk Yuk’s International and Second City. Although there’s a tuition, classes in stand-up comedy do not have a two-drink minimum.

1. Bagpipe

Bagpipe is one of the top ten unusual college majors

Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University offers the nation’s only bagpipe degree, where students can learn to play the annoying instrument as well as study the history and culture behind it. Other students appreciate that the bagpipe majors practice in a different building from the other music students in a soundproofed basement studio.


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