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Unique College Programs You May Want to Know About (Final Part of a Three Part Series)

For those who had previously thought that colleges and universities were still teaching the usual programs, hopefully the last two posts from the Collegeologist have shown you that there is now a greater array of offerings than ever before.  My firm belief is that there is an area of interest for just about everyone! Reflecting on your interests is the first step in making a tangible connection on the college and professional levels.  Enjoy the last batch of unique college programs you should know about and stay tuned this week for another post from the Collegeologist!

The University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida has one of the most “industry relevant music programs in the nation.” The Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music offers undergraduates options to  major in Composition, Commercial Music and Production, Music Education/ Music Therapy Double Major, Music Engineering Technology, and more.  There is even a Bachelor of Arts program with minors or double majors outside of the field of music, especially for musicians seeking a liberal arts education.  The Experiential Music Curriculum blends performance, theory, history, ear training and composition courses in order to provide students a rich and innovative curriculum. The school was not only the first of its kind to offer an undergraduate degree in music therapy, studio music and jazz but also the first to offer accredited degrees in music business and engineering technology.  If you are interested in working in recording, live entertainment fields, software or multimedia production, you should consider a trip to sunny Florida, where you just may envision yourself in one of the 50 ensembles this school has to offer.

University of Maryland at College Park, Maryland has a program designed specially for the golf enthusiast.  You may not be Arnold Palmer, but there is no reason why you can not be the creator of one of the most amazing golf courses in the world.  Turf and Golf Course Management is a highly specialized profession with many possibilities for degrees in turf-grass management such as golf course superintendent, grounds superintendent, stadium and professional sports facility manager, sod production manager, or even a private sector turf-grass environmental specialist.  The University of Maryland is located only nine miles from bustling DC and in the heart of the turfgrass transition zone, widely viewed by professionals as one of the most difficult regions in which to manage turf.  If you are up for the challenge, this is the location to raise the bar for yourself!  Biology, chemistry, weed sciences and pest management are a few of the classes in which the student must partake.  With over 40 acres for turfgrass research studies and nearly 12,000 feet of office, laboratory, classroom and storage facilities, this program is one of the largest and most well respected educational facilities in the nation! Fore!

University of New Hampshire in Durham, New Hampshire knows what it takes to provide food from farm to fork.  Do you know what EcoGastronomy is?  If you are interested in growing food, cooking food, and eating healthily, you just might have found a program that can satisfy even the fussiest of eaters. Learning about food and the environment in which it is produced is the foundation of this program. The three focuses include: sustainable agriculture, nutrition and hospitality. This dual-degree program also offers to those who matriculate the convenience of the New England Regional Student Program so that students from New England may benefit from the in-state rate of tuition.

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