Offbeat courses in the US

Offbeat courses in the US

Dr. Karan Gupta takes you through offbeat courses in the US


Chiropractic is the philosophy, art, and science which concerns itself with the relationship between structure and function of the human body, as that relationship may affect the restoration and preservation of health. Each student studying this field is educated to diagnose, to care for the human body, to understand and relate fundamental scientific information, and to consult with, or refer to other health care providers. The University of Bridgeport, Connecticut, grants the Doctor of Chiropractic(D.C.) degree to graduates who successfully complete four academic years of study including a clinical internship. The program is offered on a full-time basis with no students admitted to a part-time course of study. Another ancient healing medical science is Ayurveda and if you want to leave India to study Ayurveda, you can do so at the Florida Vedic College. This college offers several courses and degree options in Ayurveda.


Do you like translating and interpreting or sign language? The M.A. in Interpretation program at Gallaudet University, Washington DC, specializes in developing highly educated, professional sign language interpreters. Interpreters from this program are employed nationwide as direct providers of interpreting services, interpreter educators, or administrators of interpreting agencies. This professional career program consists of a comprehensive, sequenced, and integrated series of courses and experiences that enable students to master the techniques and skills required for professional work in the field of interpretation or advanced graduate study.


For the student who likes massages, Florida State College offers a course in Massage Therapy. “The Massage Therapy Workforce Certificate (W.C.) program teaches the theory and practice of massage, theory and practice of hydrotherapy, hygiene, practice demonstration, human anatomy and physiology, legal and ethical aspects of massage practice, allied therapies, leadership and human relations skills, health and safety, in addition to practical skills to elevate your employment attributes. Students will develop skills in manipulation of superficial tissues of the body through instruction by demonstration. Whether just starting out or looking for something different, the power to change your future is in your hands,” states the college website.


For the more adventurous or bold student, University of Michigan, offers an advanced certificate in Sex Therapy. “The mission of the Sexual Health Certificate program is to provide comprehensive education and training to professionals about sexual health. The Certificate Program will address the learning needs of sexuality educators, sexuality counselors, and sex therapists. The Sexual Health Certificate Program believes that sexual health is an important part of every individual's general health. Individuals and couples may experience problems in their sexual health related to psychological, environmental, hormonal, medical or relational facets of sexual health. The goal is to provide excellence in the training of professionals in sexual health education, counseling, and therapy,” states the university website.


A degree in Funeral Services where students study embalming to grief counseling is also available for the more serene student. “The Associate in Science (A.S.) in Funeral Services degree program strives to meet the needs of northern Florida for qualified funeral directors and embalmers by providing a funeral director training program that is supported by the local funeral services community. Students in the funeral services program are trained to be knowledgeable and compliant with federal, state, provincial/territorial and local regulatory guidelines in the state of Florida,” states Florida State University’s website.


If you would like to work towards saving our planet, a course in Wind Energy and Technology might be a good choice for you. You can find these courses offered at several certificate and degree levels at institutes such as Texas State Technical College and Iowa Lakes Community College. “You'll learn to conduct efficiency studies, manage personnel, materials and machines in factories, offices and production sites. You'll also prepare machinery and equipment layouts, plan workflow for turbine construction and maintenance, conduct statistical studies of product quality and time usage, and analyze production costs. Through our program, you’ll be qualified to operate and maintain the systems that make a wind turbine function,” states the TSTC website.


Students who are keen on working in the tourism and leisure industry would be delighted to pursue a degree in Resort Management. Offered at degree and certificate levels at Ferris State University in the US, this is a great course for students who want to spend their time working in luxury resorts around the world. “Successful resort operations rely on well-trained managers who use their education, experience and imagination to solve problems. These resort managers require the broad, cross-discipline background incorporated in the Resort Management degree program. Resort Management graduates are prepared to work in a variety of resort operations. Individual concentrations offer immediate employment upon graduation from the resort management degree program,” states the website of Ferris State University.


What you study is most likely to be the same industry where you end up working. Hence, it’s important to choose a major that you like. Don’t choose something because that’s what everyone chooses. Read and study subjects that interest you and you can be sure to find a professional qualification in that particular field. Moving from an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering to a graduate degree in Funeral Services may not be a bad idea, if that’s what you really want to do.


The author is an education consultant

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