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07 Aug Top 5 Strange University Degrees

Over recent years, investment and government incentive for young people to take their education further has meant that universities and colleges around the world have begun to offer a broader range of Undergraduate and Masters degrees.  Whilst enrollment figures are higher than they have ever been, it is fair to say we have also seen the introduction of some very strange degree level courses.  Here are my top five.

5.  Sports Ministry is offered at Campbell University’s School of Theology in Kentucky.  The undergraduate course offers prospective students the opportunity to major in the subject which involves relationship building, witnessing, and ultimately preparing to teach sport in a Christian environment and under the eyes of God.  It is also stipulated that students must complete 18 hours of core Christian studies.

4.  At the opposite end of the spectrum MA in Digital Games is available at Liverpool John Moores University in the UK.  The course offers the obligatory focus on the changing form and content of games, but also teaches theoretical notions of game play, as well as the cultural and social issues surrounding video games.  The university states: “We strongly believe that digital games are one of the most significant cultural forms of our time.”

3.  Tae Kwon Do is also available to pursue as a Masters Degree.  At Kyung Hee University in South Korea the course offers to build physical, theoretical, and spiritual knowledge around the subject to such an extent that MA graduates become missionaries of the art form.  The course sees many enrolments from international students.

2.  Mississippi State University in the US offers a degree course in Floral Management.  Of course, graduates aren’t intended to leave to go and work in the local Interflora.  Instead, they become floral display artists, designers for special events, and flower wholesalers, via an in-depth learning of horticulture, design, maintenance, and business.

1.  But perhaps the strangest of the recent degrees received is the Doctorate in Philosophy of Ufology gained by Martin Plowman at Melbourne University, Australia.  The culture and communication student specialised in the cultural history of UFOs and the philosophies held by those who claim to have been abducted, despite being a sceptic himself.  PhDs are awarded for significant new contributions to a field, and Plowman has collated his research into a new book.



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