Don’t want to go to business school? Become a master meat cutter or surf all day instead.
If studying 17th-century British literature or political science sounds boring, why not major in how to rehabilitate horses, run a casino, take care of the dead, or grow marijuana?
There are schools offering all of those, and even stranger ones. Below is a very brief summary on the weirdest majors we could find, along with tuition rates and our best guess at salaries. (Some of our searches confused Salary.com, and to be honest sometimes even we weren’t sure what job you could get with these.)
You can be extra-unique with one of these degrees — and even pay off your student loans.
1. Puppet Arts
For the whimsical entertainers who grew up watching the Muppets, majoring in puppet arts can make your dreams come true.
For the goofballs. If laughter is the best medicine, ditch med school and become a clown instead.
Where: University of Missouri-Kansas
How much: $9,456 in-state, $22,203 out-of state
Use it for: Become a circus clown and make between $85,000 and $92,000, if you work for Ringling Bros. or Barnum & Bailey.
For the more puzzling people in life. Will Shortz is the only person to hold this degree today, but that just means 100 percent of people with this degree have been successful.
Where: Indiana University
How much: $11,498 in-state, $33,640 out of state
Use it for: Create crossword puzzles for newspapers and magazines. You can earn $200 for a weekday puzzle or $1,000 for a Sunday puzzle at The New York Times.
For the fast talkers in life. This degree will give you an excuse to never stop talking no matter how many people tell you to shut up.
5. Farrier Science
Horses need shoes, too. If you’ve ever thought of selling shoes, Farrier Science can help you do that — but for horses.
Where: Mesalands Community College
How much: $1,560 in-state, $2,544 out of state
Use it for: Start your own horse-shoeing business and earn an average of $92,623 per year, though that salary is much lower if you are in a rural area.
6. Adventure Education
The great outdoors, wide open air, and mountain climbing. Adventure education will give you the education you need to have fun in life.
For the men and women who love wearing kilts.
8. Sexuality Studies
For the person always falling in love. This major will teach you the history, political, cultural, and legal aspects of sexuality.
9. Sports Ministry
For the person who “Tebows” during a football game. This degree uses sports as an outlet for ministry.
10. Surf Science and Technology
For the beach bums. Although “you will not be taught how to surf,” you will “take a surf coaching award, organise and judge a surfing competition and develop a training and fitness regime.” You also learn about surf culture and history, “the politics of sport,” and “environmental dynamics.”
11. Turfgrass Science
If you were the kid who sat in the field and picked dandelions during baseball practice, maybe a turf grass science degree is right for you.
12. Mortuary Science
Now if someone asks you what you do for a living you can actually say, “I see dead people.”
Where: University of the District of Columbia Community College
How much: $7,255 in-state; $14,535 out of state
Use it for: Become a funeral director and make $42,901 a year.
13. Equine Science
If you begged your parents for a pony growing up, this major gives you a chance to get your wish.
Where: Becker College
How much: $31,500 in-state and out of state
Use it for: You can be a horse trainer and make $30,340 a year, or you can go on to become a horse veterinarian and make $93,250 a year.
It’s not just a TV show anymore — you can be a professional nanny with a college degree.
15. Cannabis Cultivation
Even though medical marijuana is legal in California, you should prepare to get shocking looks from your grandmother when you tell her you’re studying how to grow and ingest this kind of grass.
Where: Oaksterdam University
How much: $2,390 in-state and out of state
Use it for: Become licensed to grow, harvest, and sell quality medical marijuana. It’s hard to find a good estimate of how much you’d make running a marijuana dispensary, but it’s estimated that you’d have to make $300,000 a year in revenue just to break even.
16. Oriental Medicine/Herbology
If you hate drinking cough syrup when you’re sick, oriental medicine can help find you alternatives including ancient Chinese remedies and “holistic treatments.”
Lemon, lime, and orange-lovers can use a citrus degree to start a grove in their own backyard.
Enrolling in this major teaches you everything you need to know about machines that run on steam. Let’s hear it for 19th century technology!
Where: Ivy Tech Community College-Southwest
What you’ll pay for it: $3,354 in-state; $7,026 out of state
Use it for: General construction workers make an average of $35,020 per year, but you can make $16,000 more if you’re in a specialized field like iron and steel work.
19. Gaming and Casino Management
For people who are good at rolling the dice. Running a casino can increase your chances of winning in blackjack (maybe.)
For the creative soul. A Fibers degree can teach you how dye, weave, make paper, and construct collages.
21. Meat Processing
If you love sandwiches, this may be your dream job. Meat cutting will teach you how to receive, cut and package animal products for everybody’s favorite lunch.
22. Beatles, Popular Music and Society
For the person who hums “Hey Jude” on their way to work. This major will show you the impact of The Beatles’ music, while giving you an excuse to play Let it Be on repeat.
Where: Liverpool Hope University (UK)
How much: $10,610
Use it for: Work as a Beatles historian (there’s not a standard salary for that, though), or a popular music publicist. They can make $54,940 a year.
23. Arctic Engineering
For those who love winter. Arctic Engineering will have you working in a winter wonderland all year round.
Where: University of Alaska Fairbanks
How much: $6,184 in-state; $18,522 out of state
Use it for: With an arctic engineering degree you can plan and regulate activity in cold regions, either privately or for the government , and make $93,000 per year.
24. Popular Culture
If your primary news source is the E! Network, this may be the major for you.
Where: Bowling Green State University
How much: $10,726 in-state; $18,034 out of state
Use it for: You can get into all aspects of communication, including advertising ($42,217 a year), public relations ($45,209 a year), and journalism ($37,501 a year).
For those who can’t get enough of the outdoors. A major in Wildlife will make you prepared for any camping trip.
26. Decision Sciences
For the person who never says “I don’t know, what do you want to do?” Decision Sciences will never have you question anything again.
27. Feed Science and Management
The perfect combination of science, business, and food.
28. Southern Studies
For the people who love Gone with the Wind. Southern studies will teach you how to be the belle of the ball.
Where: University of North Carolina
How much: $8,340 in-state; $30,122 out of state
Use it for: Students with this degree can go on to become college professors ($46,000 per year), museum directors ($47,523 per year), or lawyers ($76,437 per year.)
29. Canadian Studies
If you love maple syrup, moose, and the letter A, this degree hits the jackpot.
30. Family Enterprise
For the person who plans on living in their parents’ basement forever.
Where: Stetson University
How much: $38,330 in-state and out of state
Use it for: You can take over your family business (no predictions on how that will work out financially), or you can help other families manage theirs. A career in financial advising lets you earn up to $75,320 per year.