"What do you want to be when you grow up?" That's a question students hear throughout their education, but what your child hopes to become can dictate what he or she decides to declare as a college major.
While parents may expect their college students to pick biology, English or engineering as a major, you might be surprised to learn that college majors can get a bit unusual, even at some of the country's most prestigious schools.
For fun, take a look at some of the more unusual majors below, and the schools that offer them:
* Folklore and Mythology, Harvard
* Winemaking, Cornell University
* Puppetry, The University of Connecticut
* Bowling Industry Management, Vincennes University
* Comic Book Art, Minneapolis College of Art and Design
* Auctioneering, Pennsylvania Harrisburg Community College
* Citrus Studies, Florida Southern College
* Bakery Science, Kansas State University
Discussing and considering possible majors with your child (even bizarre or unusual majors) does have a point.
It's important to get your teen or college student thinking about majors. It's hard for a 17 or 18 year old to know exactly what he wants to do with the rest of his life, so when choosing a school, go in with the mindset that he very well could change his major. For that reason, we suggest students pick schools that offer both their first choice and second choice major. That way they don't have to worry about transferring to another school and possibly, losing credits.
It's also important to consider how your child will apply his major to his future career. Comic Book Art may sound like a fun course to pursue, but it may severely limit your child's future job prospects.