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5 Unique Majors and Careers to Consider Pursuing in College

You don't have to follow a conventional major path just because everyone else does. Here's an idea of some unique fields you could pursue while in college.

When we think of college majors and the careers they can lead to, what likely comes to mind are those commonly shared and discussed on a wide scale. One example is Biology, which often leads to a medical or lab scientist profession. But there are a lot of unique majors that aren’t always brought up yet are equally as valuable. These can lead to very interesting careers with advantageous outcomes since the field may not be as saturated with qualified workers. Here are five unique majors to consider pursuing in college.

1. International Business

Business majors have a wide range of options to choose from when it comes to careers. An International Business major specifically offers insight into the skills required to succeed in multicultural settings and prepares students for interactions within the global marketplace. This major also features additional courses to ensure adequate preparation for partnerships with various global corporations and institutions.

Possible workplace settings

  • Banks
  • Government agencies
  • Marketing and advertising companies 

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Related: What Can You Do With an International Relations Major?

2. Animal Behavior

Aside from the typical science majors, Animal Behavior and Psychology programs may capture your eye. You may have heard of concentrations in Animal Science, but this major focuses specifically on the differences between human and animal behaviors. If you have an interest in the field of veterinary medicine or animal research, this may be a good major for you!

Possible workplace settings

  • Zoos
  • Research labs
  • Animal rehabilitation centers

Schools offering equivalent programs

3. Paper Engineering

There are many different concentrations when it comes to Engineering, and Paper Engineering is one that isn’t widely advertised. This program of study involves chemical science and concentrates on the use of paper to create everyday products. Individuals with this major can go on to work in a few different areas despite it being a rather niche field.

Possible workplace settings

  • Manufacturing plants
  • Research labs
  • Product development companies

Schools offering equivalent programs

Related: So Many Engineering Majors: Which One Is Right for You?

4. Classical Studies

Classical Studies, also known as Classics, is a respected liberal arts program of study. It focuses on both Roman and Greek literature, language, and general history and allows students to develop skills such as communication and advanced research and analysis. Choosing this major can give you a strong foundation before entering the working world and prepare you for a variety of careers.

Possible workplace settings

  • Museums
  • Schools
  • Law offices

Schools offering equivalent programs

5. Jazz Studies

If you have an interest in pursuing music and like to have fun with improvisation, then this major could not be more tailored to you! Jazz is a unique style of music with a long, rich history that you’ll learn all about in addition to composition, performance, and more. Jazz Studies graduates have their pick of interesting careers in a variety of settings.

Possible workplace settings

  • Recording studios
  • Theaters, clubs, and performance halls
  • Churches

Schools offering equivalent programs

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Apart from this list of interesting majors, there are many more out there to explore! Don’t commit to a common major just because you think it’s more valuable than less followed academic paths. No matter what major you decide to pursue, it’s sure to bring forth a rewarding future and can allow you to grow as an individual.

While you’re exploring unique fields, learn about unconventional methods of research with our blog on 4 Interesting Ways to Help You Find Your College Major.

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Lianna Jacob is an undergraduate student who has gone through the college admission process and wants to share her experience with others! She enjoys learning more about her Christian faith and spending time with family and friends.



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