• Beth & Tim Manners

When Minor Interests Are Major Studies

Updated: Sep 18, 2019

CheatSheet: “Don’t you wish you could have studied in The Beatles in college? Believe it or not, majoring in this English rock band is a real thing at Liverpool University. This isn’t the only unusual college major out there .. With cannabis becoming legal in more states, there’s a real need for people with degrees in medicinal plant chemistry … Roller coaster engineering can fall into several engineering specialties, like design, computer, civil, and industrial/structural … Many people have tried home-brewing beer. So, it makes sense that fermentation sciences is a popular degree nowadays.”


A degree in recreation and leisure “prepares students to find funding for new parks, plan health and fitness events for their community, and help the disabled and elderly … Comic art majors learn both traditional and digital comic-drawing techniques as well as the craft of storytelling … Michigan State University has a school of packaging that takes the subject to a new level. One reason this field is so important is that they innovate sustainable packaging practices … Entertainment Engineering and Design is a major at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.”


“You can major in nannying at Sullivan University in Kentucky and learn things like child development, preparing nutritious meals, and effective communication with both adults and children … If you major in pop culture, you may double major or minor in a study like journalism, public relations, or marketing … At Texas A&M, the anthropology department offers a nautical archeology degree that prepares you for a future in the field. Courses included are Books and Treatises on Shipbuilding and Outfitting and Sailing the Wooden Ship: 1400-1900.”

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