After completing the daunting task of the college entrance exam, choosing a university major is probably one of the most important decisions a young person will make in their life.
Besides the more popular majors offered in colleges, there are also a number of majors available that allow students to take the road less traveled.
Below is a list of weird college majors that you have probably never heard of.
Candidates to take the national college entrance examination, or gaokao, walk into a test site at a high school with masks in Beijing on July 7, 2020. [Photo by Wang Zhuangfei/China Daily]
01 Bagpiping 风笛专业
Bagpipes have been a tradition at Carnegie Mellon University for over 75 years, and as such, they offer a Bagpipe performance major.
02 Citrus 柑橘类果实学
Florida Southern University offers the nation's only citrus program that provides students with expertise about growing citrus fruit and the industry.
03 Farrier Science 蹄铁科学
Become a horseshoeing expert at Mesalands Community College in New Mexico, where they offer a degree in farrier science. It's about more than just shoeing a horse, teaching also how to run your own business.
04 Fermentation Studies 发酵学
Students can be prepared for the competitive fields of wine and brewing science at Appalachian State University.学生们在阿巴拉契亚州立大学可以学到葡萄酒领域以及酿造科学方面的专业知识。
05 Floral Management 花卉管理学
Mississippi State University offers a degree in floral management where students learn all of the ins and outs of the floricultural business. This includes, sourcing, purchasing, distributing, marketing and designing. Who knew flowers were so complicated?
06 Mortuary Science 殡葬科学
Lincoln College of New England offers a degree in Mortuary science to students for a career in the funeral services field. It may sound morbid, but it's also recession proof.
07 Recreation and Leisure Studies 休闲娱乐研究
This major combines the best part of college with going to class. This program offered by the University of North Texas includes classes in biology, human anatomy and planning and designing recreation, park, leisure and sport facilities.
Parents take photos for their children at Beijing No 80 Middle School after students completed this year's national college entrance examination, or gaokao, on July 10, 2020. [Photo by Jiang Dong/chinadaily.com.cn]
08 Surf Science and Technology 冲浪科技
This two-year course offered by Plymouth University in the UK includes surf practice, culture and coastal environment classes.
09 Turfgrass Science 草坪科学
At Penn State, a facet of the agricultural sciences department is a program in turfgrass science. It aims to teach students about the scientific, and business side of the turfgrass industry.
10 Bowling Management 保龄球管理学
Students at Vincennes University can learn all about the bowling industry and how to manage a facility with the bowling management major.
11 Adventure Education 荒野冒险教育学
Adventure junkies can get their fix and a college degree at Plymouth State University where the Adventure Education program offers classes in paddling, rock climbing, and mountaineering.
12 Beatles Studies 披头士研究学
Liverpool is the home of The Beatles, and consequently, Liverpool Hope University offers a master's degree in The Beatles, Popular Music & Society.利物浦是披头士乐队的故乡。为了纪念披头士的历史，利物浦希望大学提供披头士、流行音乐与社会学的硕士学位。