College majors of the stars. Before they were rich and famous, many notable public figures were just regular college students. Though some celebrities skipped or never finished college others pursued degrees and studied subjects that may surprise you.
Weird AlLong before the king of musical parodies rapped "White and Nerdy" he was learning a more structured skill at this California university.
Forest WhitakerIf Forest Whitaker wasn't an award-winning actor, he would probably be performing this classic art form which he studied at the home of the Trojans.
Jennifer GarnerIn her years at a small liberal arts university, Jennifer Garner studied a challenging subject before switching her major to drama. Unlike her famous husband, who majored in this subject, Garner completed her bachelor's degree.
Aston KutcherAshton Kutcher has a new steady gig , but if things don't work out he may want to finish what he started at the University of Iowa before dropping out to pursue modeling.
Michael JordanThere is more to His Airness than swishes and slam dunks. In addition to his basketball credentials, Jordan has a degree from a high-ranking public university.
Gene SimmonsWith a bachelor's degree in a respected field, the KISS frontman might have been the world's coolest teacher. Simmons studied at Richmond College in a New York borough.
Sean PennThis recently-single actor really commits to his roles, but he did not stay committed to college for very long. Penn briefly showed his motor-skills studying a practical subject at a junior college in a seaside city.
Ice CubeBefore joining N.W.A., this gangster rapper took courses at a technology institute in Arizona.
Hugh LaurieThough he only played a doctor on TV, Hugh Laurie's cleverness isn't just an act. While studying at a prestigious British university, the actor earned his degree in a subject he really dug.
Ray RomanoIf this comedic actor ever has trouble finding acting gigs, he always has his academic skills to fall back on. Romano studied at a New York college before pursuing stand-up comedy and staring in his hit show.
Eva LongoriaThere is more than what meets the eye with this former pageant queen and Desperate Housewives star. Before heading to Hollywood, Longoria attended a historic college in her home state and earned her degree.
Condoleezza RiceThough the former secretary of state eventually switched her major to political science, she started out studying a musical instrument at this mile-high university.
Mayim BialikBest known for her role as Blossom, this child star earned her PhD in a brainy subject at the home of the Bruins.
Ron JeremyDespite being a world famous porn star, Jeremy has a master's degree in a far more PG subject from a New York college.
Shaquille O'NealThe Big Diesel is known for his entertaining interviews and skill on the basketball court, but not many people know he earned an advanced degree online from an Arizona university.
Brian MayNot many people know that Queen's lead guitarist, the guy who wrote "Fat Bottomed Girls", has a PhD in a stellar subject. May earned his degree from a London university .
Will FerrellThis SNL alum only played an Anchorman for a movie role, but he could have been one in real life if he had pursued his college major after graduation. Before joining the comedy group that spawned his career, Ferrell earned his degree at this California university.
John EdwardsThis indicted former vice presidential nominee attended a state university, tackling a subject that gave him little material for his future career in politics.
Chris MartinThe Coldplay frontman attended a prestigious British university, and graduated with a degree in a time-honored subject.
Carly FiorinaSurprisingly, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard didn't major in business as an undergraduate. Instead she studied more esoteric subjects.
Lisa KudrowThough Phoebe Buffay was educated on the streets, the actress behind the Friends character has a degree in a scientific field. Kudrow attended the same college as this Best Actress winner.
Jay LenoBefore he was dishing out late-night laughs, this funny guy attended a Massachusetts college.
Gregg GillisThe musician better known as Girl Talk may be the master of the mashup, but there is more to him than sampling tracks and looping beats. Gillis also has a degree in a challenging field from an Ohio university.
Tim GunnThough fashion is his game, the guy who coined the phrase make it work studied a more classic art form at an art college.
Kate BeckinsaleThis British beauty is more than just a pretty face. Beckinsale attended the oldest university in the English-speaking world.
Herbert HooverThe 31st United States president didn't study law or political science like other presidents. While attending this prestigious university, he opted for a more grounded major which may or may not have helped during the rocky times in his presidency.