Career Planning

34 Weird (But Cool) College Majors

Your college major doesn't have to be boring.

Kathryn Knight Randolph

September 17, 2020

Think your dream (albeit weird) college major doesn't exist? Think again.
34 Weird (But Cool) College Majors
Chances are, if you have a passion, you can get a degree in the subject. And, if typical majors aren’t your thing, there are plenty of unusual majors to choose from. The following list includes some weird-but-cool college majors, along with an example of a college that offers it, details of what students in the field study and the jobs that students pursue after graduation, as listed on each example college's website. (Please note that many of these aren’t the only schools which offer the academic subjects, just an example of one of the schools.) Check out the following weird college majors list – perhaps your future calling is on the list!

1. Adventure Education

Where you can get the degree: Plymouth State University Example courses: Rock Climbing Fundamentals, Canoe Paddling Fundamentals, Wilderness Expedition and Whitewater Kayaking Job prospects: Working in outdoor education at a state or national park, Outdoor/adventure programs

2. Astrobiology

Where you can get the degree: University of Washington or Penn State Example courses: Planetary Habitability, Astrobiology Field Experience Job prospects: Astrobiology researcher, scientist or educator

3. Auctioneering*

Where you can get the degree: HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College Example courses: Audience Communications, Auctioneering Law, Procurement and Appraisal of Merchandise, Preparations for the Auction Job prospects: You guessed it – an auctioneer *This is a semester-long, accelerated degree program at HACC. Once the degree is complete, students will be able to sit for the Pennsylvania State Auctioneers exam.

4. Bagpiping

Where you can get the degree: Carnegie Mellon University Example courses: Studio, Theory, History Job prospects: A bagpiper or teaching the bagpipes

5. Bakery Science

Where you can get the degree: Kansas State University Example courses: Introduction to Grain Science and Industry, Cereal Science, Flour and Dough Testing, Baking Science Job prospects: Careers within restaurants, caterers, hotels, clubs, food manufacturers, testing laboratories, and large and small bakeries

6. Citrus

Where you can get the degree: Florida Southern College Example courses: Introduction to Citrus, Citrus Grove Management, Soil Science, Plants and Society and Plant Nutrition Job prospects: Large citrus production companies, grove service companies, agricultural cooperatives, juice processing plants, agrichemical and fertilizer companies and at citrus research facilities.

7. Comedy: Writing and Performance

Where you can get the degree: Humber College (Canada) Example course: Stand-Up Comedy, Improvisation, Sketch, Physical Comedy, Acting & Voice, and History of Comedy Job Prospects: Stand-Up Comedian, Scriptwriter, Performer, Producer, Broadcasting, Advertising, Voiceovers, and Sketch Comedy.

8. Comic Art

Where you can get the degree: Minneapolis College of Art and Design Example courses: History of Comic Art, Comic Media and Concepts, Comic Book Publishing: Print and web and Comic Storytelling Job prospects: Working at comic studios as a cartoonist, illustrator or author or in comic book art production

9. Costume Technology

Where you can get the degree: DePaul University Example courses: Drawing for Designers, Costume Construction, Costume Design, and Technical Production Practice Job prospects: Costume Designer, Wardrobe Assistant

10. Diving Business and Technology

Where you can get the degree: Florida Keys Community College Example courses: Advanced Diving Theory and Practice, Intro to Marine Biology, Intro to Oceanography, Scuba Rescue and Emergency Medicine, Underwater Photography, Basic Seamanship Job prospects: Divemaster, scuba instructor, commercial diver, research diver, underwater photojournalist, etc.

11. Egyptology

Where you can get the degree: Brown University Example courses: Imagining the Gods: Myths and Myth-making in Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient Babylonian Magic and Medicine, Ancient Scientific Texts: Akkadian, Archaeology and Text Job prospects: Egyptologist, historian, specialized archaeologist

12. Entertainment Engineering and Design

Where you can get the degree: University of Nevada, Las Vegas Example courses: Multimedia Design, Design for Live Entertainment, History of Entertainment and Technology Job prospects: An engineer in the entertainment industry (shows, casinos, etc.)

13. Exercise and Movement Sciences

Where you can get the degree: University of Vermont Example courses: Prevention & Care Athletic Injuries, Fundamentals of Nutrition, Exercise & Sport Psychology, Biomechanics of Human Movement, Fitness for Specific Populations Job prospects: Health and fitness industry, corporate wellness, research labs, adaptive sports programs and community organizations

14. Family Enterprise

Where you can get the degree: Stetson University Example courses: Personal, Professional, and Leadership Development, Managerial Issues in Family Enterprise, Family Enterprise Ownership: Emphasis on Legal, Estate, and Asset Protection Issues, Case Studies in Family Business Job prospects: Running a family business, a family business owner or working for a family business enterprise as a professional advisor

15. Farrier Science

Where you can get the degree: Mesalands Community College Example courses: Equine Anatomy and Physiology, Horseshoeing Theory, Blacksmithing Job prospects: Self-employer farrier, equine industries, agricultural industries

16. Fermentation Sciences

Where you can get the degree: Appalachian State University Example courses: Social Implications of Fermented Beverages, Viticulture: Vine Physiology and Vineyard Establishment, Brewing Science and Analysis, Sensory Analysis of Wine and Beer Job prospects: Vineyards, wineries, breweries, distilleries, and biotechnology businesses

17. Floral Management

Where you can get the degree: Mississippi State University Example courses: Floral Design, Retail Floristry Operations Management, Interior Planting Design and Maintenance Job prospects: Freelance floral design, garden design and management, hotel/casino hospitality floriculture management, horticultural therapy, media design and styling, retail floristry, specialty visual design, traditional and concept floriculture retailing, wedding and bridal design planning, wholesale floral management

18. Jazz Studies

Where you can get the degree: University of North Texas Example courses: Jazz Performance Fundamentals, Jazz Improvisation, History of Jazz, and Songwriting Job prospects: Performer, Composer, Arranger, Educator, and Jazz Historian

19. Metalsmithing/Blacksmithing

Where you can get the degree: Southern Illinois University Example courses: Fine Arts, Introduction to Visual Culture, Studio courses Job prospects: Careers in academia and museum work, independent artist

20. Mortuary Science

Where you can get the degree: University of the District of Columbia Community College Example courses: Anatomy & Physiology, Funeral Service Orientation, Descriptive Pathology, History & Sociology of Funeral Service, Theories of Embalming & Disposition, Funeral Service Law Job prospects: Funeral service practitioner in funeral homes, hospitals, medical schools, health, and the offices of medical examiners or coroners.

21. Nautical Archaeology

Where you can get the degree: Texas A&M University Example courses: Books and Treatises on Shipbuilding, Outfitting and Sailing the Wooden Ship 1400-1900, Archaeological Photography Job prospects: Maritime Archaeology and Conversation, Nautical and Underwater Archaeology

22. Oceanography and Coastal Sciences

Where you can get the degree: Louisiana State University Example courses: Introduction to Marine Sciences: Geological & Physical, Introduction to Waves and Beaches, Global Environmental Cycles, Hurricanes and Typhoons, Biology of Marine Invertebrates, Fisheries Acoustics, Fish Recruitment Job prospects: Research scientist, conservation, coastal ecology, coastal fisheries, wetland soils and vegetation, and physical and geological oceanography fields

23. Pop Music

Where you can get the degree: University of Southern California Example courses: Popular Music Performance, Songwriting, Computer Assisted Recording and Editing, and Music History Job prospects: Performance, Songwriting and Arranging, Recording Studio Efficiency, and Music Production

24. Popular Culture

Where you can get the degree: Bowling Green State University Example courses: Introduction to Popular Culture or Popular Culture and Media, Black Popular Culture, Television as Popular Culture, Folklife and Material Culture, History of Popular Literature Job prospects: Advertising, public relations, journalism, mass media (management, performance, production and marketing), teaching, library and museum work

25. Poultry Sciences

Where you can get the degree: Texas A&M Example courses: Avian Science Lab, Breeder & Hatchery Management, Poultry Nutrition, and Poultry Meat Production Job prospects: Corporate Management, Quality Assurance, Sales or Technical Support in Live Production, Processing, or Marketing.

26. Puppet Arts

Where you can get the degree: University of Connecticut Example courses: Puppet Production Techniques, Voice and Diction, Scene Design and Painting, Trends in Contemporary American Puppetry, Marionette Performance, Marionette Construction Job prospects: Theatre performance and design, television and film puppetry, school and museum programs

27. Race Track Industry

Where you can get the degree: University of Arizona Example courses: Race Track Marketing and Media Relations, Racing Laws and Enforcement, Race Track Organization, Structure and Financial Management Job prospects: Track-related careers such as track secretary or announcer, journalist, photographer or other horse-related careers

28. Recreation and Leisure Studies

Where you can get the degree: University of North Texas Example courses: Programming in Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services, Leisure: Human Diversity and Environment, Principles of Leadership, Planning, Designing and Maintaining Recreation, Park, Leisure and Sport Facilities and Areas, Commercial Recreation Job prospects: Community organizations, government or privately owned leisure, parks and recreation programs, health and fitness industry

29. Sexuality Studies

Where you can get the degree: Ohio State University Example courses: Primate Sexuality, Visual Representations of LGBT Subjects, Sex and Gender in the Ancient World, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion, Love, Sex, and Relationships, History of Modern Sexualities, Sexuality and Sport Job prospects: Social services, counseling, health care, victim and human rights advocacy, social justice and activism, LGBTQ rights organizing, reproductive rights advocacy and education

30. Surf Science and Technology

Where you can get the degree: Cornwall College (UK) Example courses: Culture of Surf & Sport, Physical & Geographical Influences on Surfing, Surf Business Job prospects: Surf-related fields, surf business, surf instructor

31. Theme Park Engineering

Where you can get the degree: California State University Example courses: Engineering Problem Solving and Design, Computer Methods in Engineering, Engineering Problems and Analysis, Manufacturing Processes Job prospects: Engineer in theme parks, amusement facilities and related industries

32. Turfgrass Science

Where you can get the degree: Penn State Example courses: Turfgrass and Ornamental Weed Control, Turfgrass Nutrition, Case Studies in Turfgrass, Turfgrass Pesticides Job prospects: Golf course maintenance, professional lawn care, grounds maintenance, sod production, sales and service, athletic field maintenance, and research technician

33. Viticulture and Enology

Where you can get the degree: Cornell University Example courses: Wine and Grapes: Composition and Analysis, Winemaking Theory and Practice, Sensory Evaluation of Food, Wine and Grape Flavor Chemistry Job prospects: Winemaking, vineyard management, teaching and research, wine businesses

34. Wildlife

Where you can get the degree: Humboldt State University Example courses: General Zoology, Introduction to Wildlife Conservation & Administration, Wildlife Policy, Mammalogy, Animal Energetics, Principles of Wildlife Diseases, Conservation Biology Job prospects: Wildlife biologist in the field for state and federal natural resource agencies, conservation organizations, private ecological consulting firms, private timber companies, zoos and wildlife rehabilitation centers as wildlife managers, wildlife biologists, refuge managers, park rangers, park naturalists, game wardens, recreations planners, consulting wildlife biologists Do you have a unique major? If so, we'd love to hear about it!

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