The University of Minnesota is setting an example by being the first in the nation to offer a bachelor of science degree in Disc Golf. UofM President Eric Kaler said the University is taking this bold step because of the explosive growth the sport has seen in the past decade. “The sport has nearly tripled in size in just 5 years. We have a suggestion box in the Student Services building, and since 2012, we have received more inquiries about disc golf courses being offered than any other issue. There is clearly a demand for this program of study.”
When asked about what a new student enrolling in the Disc Golf program could expect, Kaler replied: “A long wait.” Since the University first announced the disc golf program back in October, enrollment has filled to capacity and there is currently a wait list for the fall 2016 semester. Kaler said the University is in the process of hiring additional staff to handle the demand.
“We’ve been in discussions with some of the best players in the world. So far we have hired 4x World Champion Paul McBeth as our department head. Ken Climo and Cale Leiviska have also joined the faculty,” Kaler said.
We asked Kaler about job opportunities for those graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Disc Golf. “Well, the top disc golfers in the world are making an average of $70,000 per year in tournament earnings and sponsorship deals. Considering 65% of our graduating classes never find work in their field, 70k is pretty damn good” Kaler said.
Those interested in joining the wait list for next semester are encouraged to contact the UofM College of Liberal arts
Written by Alex Aaron
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