Answer Key: Unique College Majors

Answer key:  The Road Less Traveled…Unique College Majors

II. While Reading Tasks

Word Inference

  1. preeminent |prēˈemənənt|  adjective-surpassing all others; very distinguished in some way: the world’s preeminent expert on asbestos.
  2. distinction  |disˈtiNGkSHən| noun-the separation of things or people into different groups according to their attributes or characteristics: these procedures were to be applied to all births, without distinction.
  3. stand-up (comedy) |ˈstænd ˌəp| adjective -(of comedy) performed standing in front of an audience: his stand-up routine depends on improvised observations.
  4. improv  |ˈimˌpräv| noun informal-improvisation, esp. as a theatrical technique.
  5. design |dəˈzīn| verb-decide upon the look and functioning of (a building, garment, or other object), typically by making a detailed drawing of it: a number of architectural students were designing a factory.
  6. Fermentation |ˌfərmənˈtāSHən|-the chemical breakdown of a substance by bacteria, yeasts, or other microorganisms, typically involving effervescence and the giving off of heat.
  7. technique |tekˈnēk| noun-skill or ability in a particular field: he has excellent technique | [ in sing. ] : an established athlete with a very good technique.
  8. entrepreneur  |ˌäntrəprəˈno͝or, -ˈnər| noun-a person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so.
  9. unique |yo͞oˈnēk| adjective-being the only one of its kind; unlike anything else: the situation was unique in modern politics | original and unique designs.
  10. pioneered |ˌpīəˈnir| verb-develop or be the first to use or apply (a new method, area of knowledge, or activity): he has pioneered a number of innovative techniques.

Reading Comprehension 

True /False/NA-Statements

  1. T- Michigan State University pioneered packaging science.
  2. F-There is a lot of complex engineering involved in planning and designing theme-park rides.
  3. F- Emerson College wasn’t even the first school to offer a degree in comedy: That distinction goes to Ontario’s Hunter College.
  4. F- Puppetry has been offered at the University of Connecticut.
  5. NA-Many of these colleges are expensive.
  6. T- Fermentation sciences is the study of brewing beer and wine.
  7. F- Fermentation sciences   was first offered by Appalachian State University.
  8. NA-There’s a program offered on the art of watching television.
  9. F-A number of U.S. colleges offer a Canadian Studies program.
  10. T- Indiana’s Vincennes University offers Bowling Industry Management.

 Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage


Take a hop across the pond to Liverpool.


In both programs, students learn the art of stand-up comedy.


Students who select this major learn about crafting cool theme park rides.