Standing Out: Unique
College Majors and Programs
Putting a Spotlight on 26 Rare Degree Paths
College is a pivotal point, not just from a personal perspective, but a professional one as well. A student’s academic program of choice will help shape their future career. Given that, it’s no wonder many students feel immense pressure to choose a major as soon as possible.
However, choosing a major isn’t always easy to do. Only about half of incoming freshmen know what they want to major in. Besides that, over half who are pretty sure of what they want to do at the start will wind up changing their major at least once while in college.
Some schools require students to declare their major during their freshman year. However, most schools allow students to wait until their second year to declare, which provides them with more time to decide. A student can always change their major later, but depending on their course schedule and completed credits, it could severely delay their graduation date.
Sometimes the “right” major just isn’t available at most schools. Any student wants to dive into a major they can truly enjoy and excel at; what if that elusive combination just isn’t available in most college catalogs? This guide looks at some of the more unique or rare majors throughout the nation, as well as the possibility of creating an entirely new major for students who simply can’t find an existing program that works for them.