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13 Unexpected College Majors That Can Lead To Incredible Careers

The world is your oyster! With so many choices (and parents willing to help pay for tuition), going to college has never been more exciting. Whatever you study, Discover Student Loans is here to help you carve out your own incredible career.

1. Cereal Science

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Where It's Offered: North Dakota State University, ND

What Is It? A graduate-only program, cereal science will teach you all about the science of cereals and grains, including their "composition, functionality and utilization." So basically, you'll be a cereal pro.

2. Theme Park Engineering

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Where It's Offered: California State University, Long Beach, CA

What Is It? Are you passionate about roller coasters? The Bachelor of Science in engineering, option in theme park engineering, seeks to provide students with the knowledge to work as engineers in amusement parks.

3. Confectionery Science

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Where It's Offered: University of Wisconsin–Madison, WI

What Is It? Everybody loves candy, and now you can learn how to make it. The Fundamentals of Confectionery Science and Technology course creates experts in all things sweet and delicious, whether it be fudge or hard candies.

4. Mortuary Science

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Where It's Offered: The Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, OH

What Is It? Probably not for the faint of heart, the Bachelor of Mortuary Science prepares students to work in the funeral services industry, offering courses such as Cemetery and Cremation Fundamentals and Psychology of Grief.

5. Citrus

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Where It's Offered: Florida Southern College, FL

What Is It? Are you a lemon lover? Do you believe an orange a day keeps the doctor away? The citrus studies program will make an expert out of you, offering courses like Citrus Grove Management and Citrus Pest and Disease Management.

6. Ranch Management

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Where It's Offered: Texas A&M University–Kingsville, TX

What Is It?: For the lovers of open land, the Master of Science in ranch management degree leaves its students with deep knowledge of ranch life, including classes like Advanced Range Livestock Production and lectureships in Equine Management and Prescribed Burning.

7. Social Media

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Where It's Offered: Pace University, NY

What Is It? The future is digital, and here's your chance to get right in the thick of it. The Media Storm master's in social media and mobile marketing major prepares students for jobs in the social sphere with courses like Wearable Media: The Future of Social/Mobile Marketing?

8. Adventure Education

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Where It's Offered: Plymouth State University, NH

What Is It? It doesn't get any better than this. The adventure education degree program is all about the beautiful outdoors, and educates students on how to help people achieve "personal growth and self-discovery" through adventure.

9. Gastronomy

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Where It's Offered: Boston University, MA

What Is It? Foodies: come one, come all. The Master of Liberal Arts in gastronomy will teach you everything you need to know about food, basically. It places focus on hands-on learning, offering "culinary arts laboratories and wine studies courses."

10. Peace Studies

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Where It's Offered: Goshen College, IN

What Is It? The peace, justice, and conflict studies major is great for those interested in being mediators, lawyers, peace workers, social workers, and more. The course educates students about gender, race, and class politics, as well as how to affect social change.

11. Animal Behavior

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Where It's Offered: Bucknell University, PA

What Is It? Interested in becoming the next Dog Whisperer? The animal behavior degree might be your best chance. It offers courses like Social Insects, Comparative Animal Cognition, and more.

12. Resort Management

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Where It's Offered: Ferris State University, MI

What Is It? Exactly what it sounds like: A resort management degree is perfect for anybody who wants to work full time in an oasis. Students are trained how to successfully manage resorts by being educated in areas like lodging, housekeeping, grounds maintenance, and food and beverages.

13. Costume Technology

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Where It's Offered: DePaul University, IL

What Is It? Perfect for creative souls and offering a wide range of career possibilities (one of which is working behind the scenes in film or theater), the costume technology degree includes courses in Stage Makeup, Drawing, Architecture, and more.

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