Driving Change in Higher Education.

You can get a degree in what?

Looking across the state we found the ten strangest and most rare programs

By Nick Weeks

Central Lakes College

Yoga instructor

That’s right. You can bend and twist your way to your degree at Saint Paul College and Minneapolis Community and Technical College. This course of study provides many health benefits and weighs in at only 16 credits.

Heavy equipment operations and repairs

At Central Lakes College-Staples you can dig your way to the only heavy equipment program in the Midwest. With this program you learn maintenance, operation and many other skills necessary for work out in the field.  

Hybrid vehicle repair 

At Hennepin Technical College the automotive repair program extends much farther than regular gas or diesel powered cars. You can get experience working on hybrid engines, electric cars and E85 blend engines. 

Power line repair and installation

Has anyone ever asked you if you grew up under a power line? Well at M | State, Dakota County Technical College, Minnesota West Community and Technical College, and Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College have two-year programs where the students live and breath under power lines and they learn to care of them, too. 

Wine making

Here’s to your future! You like wine tastings and you like college. Why not take one of the viticulture programs at Saint Paul College, Central Lakes College or M | State? Programs run from one semester all the way to three years. 

Glass blowing/Stained glass 

The Anoka Ramsey Community College art department sees art differently. They offer two of the most unique art programs in Minnesota–both glass blowing and stained glass. 

Dairy manager

Got milk? Ridgewater College does by offering a 72-credit course for managing and operating a dairy operation. This program is one of a kind within the state.


Shooting for excellence. Pine Technical College offers one of the few gunsmithing programs in the country. The gunsmith program offers multiple areas of training from manufacturing to repair. Pine Technical College even has it’s own firing range. 

Violin/guitar repair

Minnesota State College – Southeast Technical violin and guitar repair program is one of a kind. This program trains individuals to repair and maintain stringed instruments. This program is music to all of our ears.


Some people like teddy bears. This program let’s you stuff real ones. The 17-credit taxidermy program does game heads, mammals, fish, and birds as well as creating appropriate habitat backgrounds. 


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