• “3-D Computer Animations,” New England Institute of Art. Video-game design — nice work if you can get it. Though the field has yet to show up as a Bureau of Labor Statistics category, its superstar artists and programmers have been known to pocket 200 grand and change. Regional pickings are slim for courses focused on overall game creation, but NEIA and other tech colleges can get you grounded in the basics. (If you want a full-on gaming education, pack your bags for “Donkey Kong U” — the DigiPen Institute of Technology in Redmond, Washington, offering the first-ever baccalaureate degree in video-game programming.) 

• “Fundamentals of Flight,” Daniel Webster College. Located right next to the municipal airport in Nashua, Daniel Webster is all up in the business of aviation education. Pilot, co-pilot, flight engineer — take your pick. In 2004, the median annual salary of these three aviation jobs was roughly $130,000.

• “International Conflict and Cooperation in the Modern World,” Harvard University. If you’ve still got a stomach for politics after the past six years in Bush’s U-S-of-A, you don’t have to go far to earn a political-science degree from the school widely regarded as the premier Beltway breeding ground. And if you’re still feeling a little queasy, the annual salary of $85K-plus — typical for poli-sci grads in federal employ — may soothe things nicely.

• “The Science of Happiness,” Harvard University. Are pleasure and happiness our purpose in life? From the looks of the groaning self-help shelves, it’s worth your while — whether as an aspiring shrink, life coach, or drug researcher — to find out. Or maybe you’ll just learn that money won’t bring you happiness and you don’t even need a job! (er, probably not). 

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