18 Unique Courses You Didn’t Know Existed

18 Unique Courses You Didn’t Know Existed

October 10, 2019 100 By Stanley Isaacs


Business administration, marketing, computer
science – so pedestrian! Now, if you’re looking to take some really
offbeat & fun college courses in the U.S. that’ll set you apart from the crowd, then
how about giving one of these majors a go? 1. Auctioneering
Going once…going twice…and sold to anyone who wants to learn how to be a professional
auctioneer! How on Earth do they talk so fast? Well, I guess if I want to know the answer
to that question, then I’ll need to enroll in the Harrisburg Area Community College in
Pennsylvania. They offer a course called Auctioneering that
teaches you everything there is to know about the trade. Like learning how to obtain and appraise items
correctly, working with buyers and sellers at every stage, the technical aspects, and,
of course, chanting like a pro! (That’s what the fast talking is called.) 2. Canadian Studies
Ah, my quiet friendly neighbor to the North – a real mystery to many people in the world
and even here in the States! What’s their history, their culture? What do they do up there anyway, and what’s
with the funny accent, eh? If this is something that has always fascinated
you, then how about majoring in Canadian Studies at Duke University in North Carolina? And, hey, if you’re a Canadian studying
in the US, I bet you’ll ace this class with flying colors! What an easy “A”, eh? 3. Ethical Hacking
Oh, an oxymoron perhaps. Apparently, hacking isn’t a self-taught
trade or something you can just google. I always imagined it like they show in the
movies – you just start tapping on your keyboard very fast with an evil look of determination
on your face, sitting there in your parents’ basement. …But looks like I could learn a thing or
two from this course. So, Dakota State University offers the Ethical
Hacking Graduate Certificate, where they’ll teach you all the tricks to exploit weaknesses
and vulnerabilities in a wide range of technological systems. You’ll be known as an ethical or ‘white
hat hacker’ as opposed to the bad guys we see in movies who hack into systems to steal
money. Those kinds are known as a malicious or ‘black
hat hacker’. You’ll basically be doing what those criminals
do, but you’d do it for the right reasons as one of the ultimate security professionals
in the world. Ah, so, hacking, but with principles! 4. Astrobiology
So, if biology is the study of living organisms and astro means space, then it must be a course
focusing on the study of aliens! Ok, maybe not exactly, but if you major in
Astrobiology, you’ll learn about the search for planets beyond our solar system, the origin
and evolution of life on earth, and the sustainability of life in extreme environments. Just think, you might be the first person
to communicate with extra-terrestrial life! Or at least find some amoeba on Mars or something… 5. Entertainment Engineering and Design
Studying the science of fun, sign me up! Why am I not surprised this course is given
at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas? Any-who, getting a degree in Entertainment
Engineering and Design will give you a better understanding of the art (and business!) of
entertainment. You can learn the science of putting on an
awesome light show, designing arenas, sound engineering, and even the legal, social, and
safety aspects of the business. Have to appreciate the pros behind your good
time in Vegas! 6. Bowling Industry Management and Technology
Speaking of having a good time, ever wanted to run your own bowling alley? Hey, you can’t break anything there! How about learning more about all that behind-the-scenes
tech? Automatic pinsetters really are the best thing
since sliced bread… Anyway, this course at Vincennes University
in Indiana will really knock your pins down! 7. Wasting Time on the Internet
What better field of study to take when enrolling at a prestigious and historic Ivy League school
like the University of Pennsylvania? If you’re hoping that your time in this
class will be spent looking at memes and cat videos, then I’ve got great news – that’s
exactly what you do! Ok, the Wasting Time on the Internet course
does get a little deeper than that, delving into “the long history of the recuperation
of boredom” and asking questions like “Could we reconstruct our autobiography using only
Facebook?” yeah… 8. Family Enterprise
For all the students who are planning to run the family business after you graduate, you
might want to major in Family Enterprise Management. The course is pretty much like Business Administration,
but with a focus on, wait for it, family businesses! I guess there’s a different science to it? 9. Nannying – ooh, that sounds like a goat:
nnnnNannying. I’m sure any parent would feel more comfortable
hiring a pro in childcare that knows how to provide their kids with a safe environment. I mean, no offense to all the 17-year-old
nieces out there who are just looking for a summer job – I’m sure you’re a great
babysitter! Just don’t be surprised if a professional
nanny with a degree gets that gig over you! 10. Harry Potter
So you might not be able to study at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, but Central
Michigan University has a great wizarding program too! Ok, you won’t study magic or anything, but
you will learn everything you need to know about Harry Potter and the rest of the wizarding
world. This is a very immersive course, as you’ll
even get a chance to travel to the UK and follow Harry’s footsteps! The course is called “To Hogwarts: An intensive
study of Harry Potter through the British Isles” just in case you’re interested! 11. The Art of Language Invention
Excuse me, do you speak Dothraki? What about High Valyrian? How do I even know if I said those right? Well, if you’re interested in how linguist
David Peterson came up with the languages spoken in the hit TV show Game of Thrones,
then this one’s for you! The full name of the course is The Linguistics
of Game of Thrones and the Art of Language Invention, and it was given at Berkley in
the summer of 2017 and taught by Peterson himself! Ah, shucks, missed the boat on that one. But, hey, any Lord of the Rings fans out there
who always dreamed of speaking Elvish can still take Quenya and Sindarin at the University
of Wisconsin! Forgive me if I mispronounced those as well. I slept through my Elvish class… 12. Blacksmithing
Finishing the Metalsmithing and Blacksmithing program at Southern Illinois University won’t
have you winning medieval sword fights or anything. But you would be proficient in the art of
working with and creating things using metal! You could then pursue a career in academia,
museum work, or you could become an independent artist. Or maybe shoe a horse or two. 13. Nautical Archeology
Have you ever wished you could be a mermaid and live in an underwater castle like Ariel
– and finally master using a digglehopper or the snarfblatt? Um, sorry to burst your bubble, but that’s
not possible. I can, however, give you a close second alternative. By studying Nautical Archeology, you’ll
be able to don your diving suit and search for lost underwater artifacts of ancient civilizations
and explore shipwrecks. So, you’re basically an archeologist, only
with flippers! 14. Floral Management
Hey, somebody has make those beautiful bouquets that brighten every bride’s big day! (Or act as a peace offering for fellas in
the doghouse!) Oh, and can’t forget about putting a smile
on mom’s face for Mother’s Day! Anyway, a degree in Floral Management will
give you a wide variety of career options, including freelance floral designing, garden
design and management, media design and styling, as well as wedding and bridal design planning. 15. Bakery Science
I don’t know about flowers and all, but I love the smell of my local bakery first
thing in the morning! Those of you who spend hours in the kitchen
baking cookies, cakes, and pastries that get gobbled up within seconds, a course in Bakery
Science could turn you into a real pro! 16. Adventure Education
Yes, adrenaline junkies, there’s a unique course for you too! From white water rafting, rock climbing, wilderness
exploration, and tons of other adventurous activities, Plymouth State University has
you covered. I don’t imagine couch potatoes will be very
interested in this field, but I’ve got a little something for you too… 17. Popular Culture
Reality TV, celebrities, music, magazines – these are all elements of pop culture,
and Bowling Green State University has a whole department dedicated to it. But it’s not just about sitting in class
and reading about the latest celebrity scandals. No no. The program delves into the influence pop
culture has on society. And with a major or minor in this unique field,
you can then go into journalism, advertising, and mass media to name a few! 18. Wildlife
And finally, if you’ve always felt a particular connection to Ace Ventura, you might consider
taking this Wildlife course at Humboldt State University. It’s basically the science of studying and
working with animals, and you can then find an exciting career in a variety of fields. From becoming a game warden to a zookeeper,
the possibilities for you animal lovers are endless! So Bosco, now it’s your turn. Which of these courses would you want to study? Let me know down in the comments. If you learned something new today, then give
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