Many students in liberal arts programs have encountered some very specialized and unusual majors. But dedicating your entire college degree to a strange subject is something different. We’ve rounded up some of the strangest college degrees out there–in case you were feeling limited by more traditional degree offerings.
1. Tracking UFOs
In 2008, the University of Melbourne, Australia awarded Martin Plowman with a PhD in UFOlogy. He studied at the School of Culture and Communication, where he examined the history and cultural implications of UFO sightings around the globe. When asked if he thought UFOs really exist, Dr. Plowman said he was open-minded. “When a person tells me they have seen something in the sky that they can’t explain I tend to believe them,’’ he added. Niagra County Community College in New York is considering implementing a UFO major at its school.
2. Growing Marijuana
Oakserdam University, which now has campuses in California and Michigan, offers a 13-week certificate program in growing medical marijuana. They lay claim to a faculty comprised of the “most recognized names in the California cannabis legalization movement” and also offer electives in glass blowing.
3. Sports Ministry
At the Campbell University’s School of Theology in Kentucky, undergraduate students can earn either a bachelor of science or bachelor of arts degree in sports ministry. This interdisciplinary programs teaches student how to spread the good word through sports by combining theology with sports leadership skills.
4. Bowling Management
If nothing thrills you more than knocking out a strike at the local bowling ally, then you might want to consider attending Vincennes University in Iowa, where you can earn a degree in bowling industry management. The degree takes four semesters to complete, and students receive hands-on training in the university’s 18-lane bowling center.
5. Beatles Expert
Liverpool’s Hope University offers a master’s program on The Beatles, titled ”The Beatles, Popular Music and Society.” Considered to be an important advancement in the study of popular music, the course can be studied either full or part time and culminates in a dissertation.
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