Motivation to Stay in School: This University Is Now Offering a Major in Pizza

12/07/2015 at 12:34 PM ET

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While most of us probably ate enough pizza in college to warrant a degree in it, the dream of doing so on an official basis is now a reality.

For the next five years, Manchester Metropolitan University in the U.K. has teamed up with Pizza Hut, offering an apprenticeship program for 1,500 students. The curriculum will cover everything from food production to financial analysis, the Manchester Evening News reports.

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“Over the next few years, we will work hard to provide our apprentices and team members with the best training and development so that we can equip them with skills for life, not just for working in a restaurant,” Pizza Hut’s director of HR and marketing Kathryn Austin said in a statement.

And, if you really think about it, pizza skills are practical life skills. What of the world’s problem could not be solved if everyone could just gather in mutual appreciation of bread and cheese?

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Not to mention, it’s a topic that sparks the kind of healthy debate college students should be engaging in. Thin crust or pan pizza? Light or heavy sauce? These are the questions we need answered once and for all.

We also can’t help but wonder if there will be a course dedicated to hot dog-crusted pizzas.

Shay Spence, @chezspence

FILED UNDER: Food , Food News , Pizza , Restaurants

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

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robyn scherer on

If you need a class about making pizza to keep you motivated in college, maybe you shouldn’t be in college to begin with. Save yourself thousands and just go work at Pizza Hut.

JustSayin on

I read the article and basically they’re offering a degree in business. The wording is so horrible.


Such an absurd idea is a reflection of millions of U.S. youths and elementary school-age children, who, due to their daily hours online and their games, cannot read at grade level. My 9-year-old nephew in Florida, son of a medical doctor, reads at third grade level. He received his first cell phone at age 5.

ShoeStringDomestic on

Perry… re-read the article and then re-read your comment, I think you might be the one with the reading comprehension problem not “millions of US youths and elementary school age children”. Also, 9 years old is usually the age of most 3rd grade children, so your nephew (despite being the son of a “medical doctor”) is right on point.

Jenn on

I disagree with you Perry. My son is in Kindergarten and reads 3rd grade level chapter books. And he plays Minecraft all day when he’s not at school because I can’t seem to get him to be interested in anything else.

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