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What is a GSD minor?

I didn’t know either, until recently. Dan and I will be making a trip to visit the class and discuss gaming, tournaments, rules interactions, and more. We look forward to the meeting everyone!

Earning a minor in Game Studies and Design (GSD) from the University of Montevallo offers students a unique opportunity to academically explore the interdisciplinary concepts involved in game studies and design from a liberal-arts perspective. Designed to complement any major on campus, students choosing this minor will be able to select classes from a wide variety of disciplines including English, marketing, mathematics, philosophy and sociology; all of which play pivotal roles in the design and study of games. In the GSD core classes, students will explore the historical and cultural impact of different genres of games including video games, board games, card games, role-playing games and other varieties of games. Game Studies courses analyze a range of games, both traditional and digital. Our Game Design courses uniquely specialize in creating non-digital games while exploring the fundamentals of game design that apply to any medium.

What majors complement this minor?

All of them! Seriously! But let’s break it down by the four colleges as well as the Interdisciplinary Studies program at the University of Montevallo.

Fine Arts
Students studying in the College of Fine Arts may combine their area of study with a Game Studies and Design minor and have employment opportunities including:

  • Graphic artist
  • Animator
  • Associate art director or art director
  • Voice acting/musical scores

Students studying in the Michael E. Stephens College of Business may combine their area of study with a Game Studies and Design minor and have employment opportunities including:

  • Advertising manager
  • Accounting, finance, management and marketing support

Arts and Sciences

  • Game designer/scripter

Related areas: history, mathematics, political science

While most education majors won’t be looking to the gaming industry for jobs, they could apply principles from the GSD minor in their future classrooms. In the minor, education students could design games for their future classrooms. Interest is already under way in the Birmingham area as a result of recent media exposure for this new minor.

Related area: kinesiology

Liberal Studies
A newer program, the Liberal Studies Interdisciplinary Studies program, offers students the opportunity to create their own major. This program, new for the fall 2011 semester, already boasts a transfer student who is combining GSD and philosophy into his own major.

Is a Game Studies and Design minor right for you?

A minor in Game Studies and Design gives students who enjoy gaming the opportunity to study what they love by making a minor of their hobby. In the process, they substantially increase their marketability, which could lead to more employment options in areas that interest them upon completion of their degrees.

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