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Shannaro University

post author: doctorharuno

Hey Shannaro! As most of you who know me know that I’m in college, you won’t be surprised to hear that I’ve become inspired to write a special edition post about what happens when Naruverse meets real-world college. In this post I will speculate on the course of study that I would expect characters from Naruto to undertake, were they attending a real-world university that I’m calling Shannaro University.

For the younger Shannaro members I will offer a quick overview of university lingo. When students first start studying at a university they seek an “undergraduate degree” and are therefore known as “undergraduates” . When undergraduates attend college they choose a course of study known to them as their “Major” . They might choose to complete two separate courses of study in what is called “double Majoring” . They might also complete a smaller, usually unrelated, course of study to earn a “Minor” . For example, my Major is Biochemistry (Pre-Medicine) and my Minor is Chinese. Once a student completes the course of study they chose, he/she is awarded their “Bachelor’s degree” . From this point they will be known as a “graduate” and may choose to apply to Graduate School (for a Master’s and then a Doctoral degree) or to professional schools (such as Law School or Medical School).

The purpose of this post is to have some fun categorizing our lovable Naruto characters into real-world courses of study. I also hope that the explanation given for the Major’s might help enlighten readers to the world of higher education and the possibilities of future careers.

Naruto Uzumaki


Naruto has really started to wizen-up in the manga recently. It seems that he now has a love of diplomacy and that he would do well to pursue a path in Sociology. I placed Naruto in the undergraduate course of Sociology because it will allow him to nurture his interest in establishing peace. Sociology is defined as the study of the development, structure, and functioning of human society–something that I think we can all agree Naruto has come to understand more fully than his comrades. With his degree in Sociology, Naruto can expect a range of opportunities including, but not limited to, government positions or social work. I suspect that Naruto would apply to Graduate School in order to get his Master’s degree in Sociology.

Rock Lee

When I consider a real-world course of study for the lovable Rock Lee, there is really only one clearly appropriate choice. Lee would choose to Major in Kinesiology with a concentration in Secondary Education. Kinesiology is the study of the mechanics of body movement. Kinesiology Majors may chose a pre-professional concentration (i.e. Physical Therapy) or a Secondary Education concentration (which I chose for Lee), among others. That’s right my quick-to-the-catch readers, Lee is going to be a high school P.E. teacher! Don’t you all agree? I personally think that Rock Lee would make the perfect high school P.E. teacher. He has a love of youth AND an intense passion for exercise. I do feel bad for his hapless pupils though; I can only imagine what he will make them do!

Sai


When thinking of Sai I think first of his artistic abilities and second of his social ineptitude. Therefore I decided to place Sai as an Art Major. The eclectic Art Major is only as good as his skill, however, Sai is skillful and his Major course of study should come naturally for him. In his attempt at understanding how normal human beings interact, I imagine Sai seeking a Minor in Psychology. This will allow him to grasp the concepts of the human thought processes and unite him more fully with society. Upon graduating, Sai will make a name for himself selling his newly perfected art skills to companies who will want him to design propaganda for them. On the side he can sell his private artwork to make even more money for the family that he will be able to procure by means of social interaction.

Dr. Sakura Haruno

Finally! This, I must say, will be my favorite to write. Sakura’s undergraduate course of study would be Biochemistry. This rather grueling program is definitely not for those who are afraid of studying or committing facts to memory…┬ápermanently. However, Sakura earned top marks at the Academy and has a passion for memorization, so her handling of this rigorous path will be satisfactory, if not excellent. Biochemistry is defined as the branch of science concerned with the chemical and physicochemical (not a typo, it means the physics associated with the chemistry) processes that occur within living things. This degree is usually pursued with one of two goals in mind: pre-research or pre-Medicine. Like myself, Sakura will be obtaining this degree with the intention of applying to Medical School. After obtaining her undergraduate degree, Sakura will go to Medical School and earn her Medical Degree with a concentration in General Surgery. She will then have the option of working in a hospital or opening up her own private practice.

Sasuke Uchiha

Sasuke Uchiha. There are many things that Sasuke would excel in at a university, however, since I have to chose, I will have Sasuke double Major. His first Major will be Electrical Engineering. In this program Sasuke will learn everything there is to know about modern control and use of electricity. Any type of engineering is a demanding course of study, however, because Sasuke is such a proclaimed genius, I imagine that he will be able to cope with this course and then some. So he will also Major in Human Resources and Development. This self-explanatory Major will provide Sasuke with the skills he’ll need to help his engineering firm grow. Maybe after studying his second Major he will come to realize that Akatsuki was using him? Anyway I don’t foresee any graduate studies for Sasuke because I’m sure he’ll arrogantly consider himself perfectly ready to tackle his real-world ambitions.

Hinata Hyuuga

The decision for which course of study Hinata should take was an easy one for me. I have reached the conclusion that she would Major in Elementary Education and become certified to teach Kindergarten through Third Grade. Of course after graduating with her degree, Hinata would choose to teach Kindergarten! Who wouldn’t have wanted a Kindergarten teacher like Hinata, and conversely who wouldn’t want their children to have a teacher like her. Her gentile, caring, and quiet nature are absolutely prime qualities for a Kindergarten teacher.

So, with that, I hope you all enjoyed this post and maybe even learned a thing or two about higher education (at least how it is in the United States). If any one would like for me to provide a sequel post with additional characters please leave a comment letting me know which ones and I would be glad to do it!

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