CAREERS AND ED: Intriguing higher degree programs make the grade
CAREERS AND ED Our fair state gives out the most postsecondary degrees in the country. We're so smart! But we rank somewhere around 43rd when you convert that number to a per capita figure — and of course there's a budget kerfuffle afoot. Shucks. Still, there are a passel of innovative, unique degree programs available now to suit your unique self and give your career a boost. Consider these.
Inspired by the Alcatraz takeover and the university's late 1960s student strike, SF State's Native studies was the nation's first degree program of its kind. Students focus on how Native American populations are affected by everything from environmental justice issues to health practices.
San Francisco State, 1600 Holloway, SF. (415) 338-1111, www.sfsu.ca 
The institution that awarded the world's first PhD to a porn star (Annie Sprinkle took home a diploma from IASHS) certainly has what it takes in this field. The school offers legit advanced degrees in that most delicate of our instruments.
Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality, 1523 Franklin, SF. (415) 928-1133, www.iashs.edu 
It's hard to say no to a psychologist with more field experience. The PsyD program at CIIS takes a relatively new approach to the advanced psychology degree, focusing less on lab and library research and more on clinical opportunities.
Center for the Institute of Integral Studies, 1453 Mission, SF. (415) 575-6100, www.ciis.edu 
Yup, looks like Sarah Palin's rearing her aspirational highlights again — that trip overseas is looking more attractive all the time. A TEFL certificate makes you eligible to teach English abroad, a perfect gig for the wannabe expat.
Teach English Abroad, www.onlinetefl.com 
Jingle writers, hum-along gamers, and stock characters in middling comedies like Three and a Half Men, Last Chance Harvey, and The Good Night: up your musical game to professional levels. Academy of Art offers a flexible schedule to help you reach your earworming goals.
Academy of Art University, SF. (800) 544-2787, www.academyart.edu 
Sure, your Etsy store is kicking ass, but when it's time to move to the next level, this program can deepen your understanding of the hang of that skirt. And how. Study physics, chemistry, and consumer science on this fashion-spelunking expedition.
UC Davis, Davis. (530) 752-2580, www.ucdavis.edu