October 22, 2018

5 of the most ridiculous degrees – that actually exist

Anyone ever say that you’re on a doss degree? Here is a list of the ultimate comebacks that show that there are definitely weirder and more ridiculous degrees out there.

So before you begin to stress about university clearing applications, have a read of these top five ridiculous degrees that will reassure you about your higher education prospects.

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The Beyoncé Degree

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She may be Queen B, but would you believe that there is actually a whole degree on pop icon Beyoncé? Rutgers University in New Jersey, America, has actually established a Politicizing Beyoncé course as a part of their Women’s and Gender Studies department discussing the fine line the self-confessed diva walks between sex symbol and powerful girl’s role model.

“I’m over being a pop star. I don’t wanna be a hot girl. I wanna be iconic.” – Beyoncé

As a ridiculous degree, it’s irreplaceable.

The Maple Syrup Degree

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Another one from the Americas is this sweet-toothed subject from Alfred University in New York, who have founded an entire course on maple syrup. Students get stuck into their books to learn all about the production process and how it has changed over the years.

The production of maple syrup is a very lucrative business, so students taking this degree may actually find sweet and sticky success after graduating.

The Jedi Degree


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Starting to move a bit closer to home, Belfast’s Queen’s University has students enrolling on ‘Feel the Force: How to Train in the Jedi Way’, and yes, that is the course’s actual title.

Want your housemate to make your dinner? No problem if you’re on this course – Jedi mind tricks are a subject on the curriculum!

The Puppetry Degree

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Did you ever find yourself identifying with Pinocchio as a kid? Well now you can study ‘Pino’ & Co at the Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London in their Theatre Practice & Puppetry course.

It may not be as ridiculous as you think; when the university cuts its students’ strings, many have gone on to find work with the likes of Cirque du Soleil and puppeteering at Thorpe Park.

The Underwater Basket Weaving Degree

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Possibly the most ridiculous named degree in the list, we have saved the best until last. Surprisingly, numerous universities in the US offer modules on underwater basket weaving, including Reed College of Portland and the University of California – no wonder picnic hampers are so expensive if you need a degree to make them. Seriously, those things are nice, but not that nice!

Try your luck with our quiz

Now that you have read some of the weird and wonderful degrees we have found, why not try your luck guessing some more real “ridiculous” degrees with our interactive quiz.

This content was written by Rachel Smith. Please feel free to visit my Google+ Profile to read more stories.

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