With all the talk about the benefits of going into the STEM field or tips for getting into art school, you might be starting to think you’ve heard it all. But with the school year back in swing, we figured we’d do something a little different: compile a list of college degrees that are way out of the norm. You might not even believe that they really exist – but students are heading back to school to earn these degrees as we speak!
As we discussed before, there’s a Canadian college offering a course on managing the marijuana industry, but this is actually a bustling industry. Take, for example, Oaksterdam University in Oakland, California. This school is currently offering an entire certification program to students who take the various courses, which include Dispensary Management, Methods of Ingestion, and the History of Marijuana. It may sound like the perfect program, but don’t get too excited – you don’t leave with a college degree, and because there are still controversies over marijuana legalization, the organization was recently raided by police. If this is your dream area of study, maybe wait until your muse is actually legal.
You’ve probably got friends studying graphic design, illustration, theater, and dance, but if you decided to attend the University of Connecticut for their degree in Puppet Arts, you’d definitely have the most unique fine arts major of all your friends. UC has been offering puppet-related courses since 1964, and since the Puppet Arts program was born, students have put on more than 500 puppet shows through the school. School representatives say that this program gains traction every year – so now’s the time to hop on the bandwagon before the market is too saturated.
Who ever said that college wasn’t for thrill-seekers? If you’re the type who likes to backpack, skydive, and zipline, then you might want to consider the Adventure Education program at Plymouth University. The school says that Adventure Education students can lead backpacking expeditions, learn to rock climb, scale mountains, and paddle down rivers – and do it all the safe and proper way. According to the school, this program isn’t just about how to survive on a long hike or learn the ins-and-outs of ropes. The program also focuses on “human-powered outdoor pursuits to help people learn about interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships.”
Viticulture and Enology
We’ve discussed the wine management courses being offered out in Wine Country, and Cornell University also provides the opportunity for students to study alcohol (more than they already do during their extra curriculars). The Viticulture and Enology program at Cornell was founded in 2008 by their College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and allows students to focus on either winemaking or wine industry management. Don’t be fooled – it’s a heavily scientific degree that builds a foundation of biology, microbiology, chemistry, and biochemistry.