8 Crazy college courses and degrees

Yes, you can be a pirate or go into Foresight!

SHREVEPORT, La. (Ark-La-Tex Weekend) - If you have a high school student in your family and they’re not quite sure what they want to do, share this list of unusual college courses and degrees.

Bagpipe Performance

One can study as an undergraduate, graduate and a certificate program for playing the woodwind instrument popular in Scotland, Eastern Europe and Turkey. Offered at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Get a head start over in Greenwood, La with a local bagpipe troupe.


Learn all about the history of Memes, the economics, epidemiology and more from the University of Texas at Austin.

Pirate Certificate

If you complete courses in sailing, archery, fencing, and pistol (air pistol or rifle) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, you qualify for the MIT Pirate Certificate. They say that the certificate does not give the recipient license to engage in piracy though.


No Ouija board, no tarot cards and no crystal balls needed for this coursework at the University of Houston. The College of Technology focuses on the emerging field that helps clients and employers anticipate significant changes in the future.

Tree Climbing

This class, at Cornell University, teaches you how to move around in a tree and move from one tree to another. Which would be helpful if you plan to continue in a career in...

Adventure Education

Not only will be there classroom work about the theories of experiential education and courtroom demos covering injuries from an outdoor accident, but you go out hikes and go kayaking. Helpful if you want to work at a state or national park. It’s offered in the mountains of New Hampshire at Plymouth State University.

Entertainment Engineering and Design

Maybe the outdoors isn’t your thing. How about designing and building rides and venues like slot machines and animatronics and sets for concerts. It’s offered at UNLV in Nevada.

The Meaning of Life

If your future college student is still having trouble, tell them to go take this class at Brown University. Maybe it will help them figure it our with their emphasis on the nature of the human good.

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