We know that sometimes it’s really tough to choose what you’re going to study at university, but for some people, it really is a huge challenge, and they end up choosing something really obscure and weird. Here are some of the strangest degrees you’ve ever heard of:
1. Ethical Hacking
Not everyone who wants to hack a system has bad intentions. After all, someone’s got to learn and devise plans for counterattacking the nasty hacks. Essentially, ethical hackers are there to detect and fix security loopholes before the unethical ones find them.
2. Cannabis Cultivation
The name of this degree kind of says it all. You learn the best techniques to cultivate… yeah, you guessed it… cannabis. Undoubtedly, you also get taught the science behind it. One does wonder what their practical coursework is like, though. Right? We should probably mention that this degree is taught at Oaksterdam University, whose motto is “Cannabis” 😎
3. Pop Culture
Uuuuuuhhhhhhnnnnngg! Oh no! You’re infected! At the University of Baltimore, you can major in Pop Culture. One of its coolest, and oddest, modules, is about Zombies in Popular Media. Pretty nice, no?
4. Bowling Industry Management and Technology
Who do you think came up with the pin setter? Or do you think the 10-pin just always automatically reset after you got a strike on that perfect lane?🎳 Someone’s got to create the mechanics behind those machines, and those people study Bowling Industry Management and Technology.
Albeit just a Diploma degree, Nannying is still quite an odd programme to follow. Nonetheless, it’s a very practical one if looking after children is what the future holds for you. Funny how the university it’s taught at is called Sullivan University: Sulley from Monsters Inc. should’ve just come here instead of Monsters University – he’d have been much better with kids!
6. The Simpsons and Philosophy
Although just a two-unit course at the revered University of California at Berkeley, the fact that there even is a programme based on the eternal Simpsons and the philosophy behind it is a testament to the show’s ramifications over several generations.
7. David Beckham Studies
To those of you into the Sports Sciences or Sociology, if you study at the University of Staffordshire, one of your modules will be on David Beckham. Well… not on him, but about him.
8. Viking and Old Norse Studies
Starting in September 2016 at UCL, you will soon be able to study the history behind the Vikings and the Norse. The best part of it is that you spend your third year at a university in one the Scandinavian countries! How about that?
Now, who wants to be an expert graduate in Bagpiping from Carnegie Mellon?! Apparently only one person, but that doesn’t matter. The famous university really does allow its students to major in Bagpiping from their Performing Arts school.
The man who first thought of making Clownology into a full-blown course was called (I kid you not) Dr. Francis Bozo. Click here to know more! The degree focuses on… okay, that was an April Fools joke by the University of Missouri – Kansas City. But we can all be clowns here and tried to get you with this one too 😝
11. Personal Hygiene and Cosmetics
This degree is actually called Körperpflege, but we doubt you all know how to read German. To become a Master in Körperpflege, you can expect to study a lot about Fashion and Aesthetics, and Biology and Chemistry – yes, not the most common of mixes, is it? Then again, it’s fairly important that you know your stuff about personal hygiene…
12. Development of Spanish Dictionaries and QC Glossary
“So what do you do for a living?” “Oh, I develop Spanish dictionaries and QC their lexicon.” – now that’s an unlikely answer to a fairly common question! This postgraduate degree must be the ultimate dream course for you grammar nazis, at least if you’re Spanish.
13. Baking Technology Management
Home to the oldest Bakery school in the UK, it’s fitting that London Southbank Uni has a foundation degree in Baking Technology Management. If ever you’ve wondered how one gets the acclaimed title of Baking Technologist, this is how! Don’t worry though, you can follow up your foundation degree with a BSc in Baking Technology Top-up, so that you can then manage the manufacturing processes of the bakery marketplace.
So you want to be the hands behind the next Bert, Ernie and all the other Muppets? Puppetry is the degree for you then. Students learn all about costuming, lighting and scenery, and everything else that ultimately lead to Topo Gigio and other famous puppets.
If a life of stuffing animals is what you seek, there’s a an actual degree just for you at the Chambres de Métiers et de l’Artisanat near Tours, in France. However, you should probably look to see if there’s anything closer before going all the way to France to get a degree in Taxidermy, no?
16. Education Studies
Among many of its modules, the Education Studies programme at the University of Durham has one focused on Harry Potter. Students get to analyse how the boy who beat you-know-who suffered from all sorts of prejudice and bullying, and how that relates to our muggle world’s similar issues.
17. Surf Science and Technology
Taught at a few colleges in British coastal towns like Cornwall and Plymouth, this is the perfect degree for all you avid surfers out there. And no, you won’t actually get taught how to surf. But this way, you can bring the waves into class and actually understand the science behind surfing and its events. Mind you, if you tell anyone you’re studying this, they’ll just think you’re kidding and that you spend your day at the beach 🏄
18. Fermentation Sciences
Now here’s an important course for students! In Fermentation Sciences, you learn about the art of fermenting all sorts of food and drinks. In case you didn’t know, all of the alcohol you drink comes from fermented something – mostly beer and wine. However, you will have to fend off the usual “so you’re learning to make beer” comments.
19. Poultry Science
Legend has it that Colonel Sanders himself started off by studying Poultry Science. No, that’s a lie. The truth is that many universities across the US have a degree on Poultry Science, where you learn all about chickens, turkeys and quails, and all the other fowl.
20. Turfgrass Science
If you’re no good at sports, this is probably the closest you’ll get to the turfs on the NFL gridiron. It’s unlikely this degree will be the most popular among undergraduates, so, when you become an expert on turfgrass, you’ll be highly qualified to develop high-quality surfaces to play ball. See you at the Super Bowl!
So, do you know of anyone studying any of these degrees? Personally, we can honestly say we don’t, but we’d love to meet one from each course! Scratch that, we don’t actually need to meet anyone studying Clownology – we’ve got enough clowns here at Uniplaces 😝
p.s. If you are studying any of these degrees, don’t be offended by anything we wrote! You’re pretty awesome for doing it – go you!
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