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15 bizarre college courses

By: Laura Moss on Nov. 24, 2010, 12:25 p.m.
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Maple Syrup: The Real Thing

Tired of studying theory and history in college and ready to learn a real hands-on skill? Then Alfred University's Maple Syrup: The Real Thing is the course for you — especially if you love pancakes. In addition to learning the history of maple syrup production, students also create and eat their own syrup and even take field trips to local maple syrup producers, restaurants and festivals.

If you're worried you don't have the right chemical, botanical or culinary background to take this course, put those fears aside — the class description carries this disclaimer: "No prior experience expected."