Limestone Adding New Minor In Computer Game Programming
With the rising popularity of gaming, the design and development of computer games is a rapidly growing academic area that has now made its way to Limestone College.
For students who want to be involved in the game development process, starting this fall Limestone will begin offering a minor in Computer Game Programming.
From the Computer Game Programming minor at Limestone, students will learn programming concepts and create computer games using one of the popular game engines. The new minor will consist of seven courses (21 credit hours), all offered online, and will integrate well with any academic major.
“Game development and gaming is a broadening field, and this new minor will give Limestone students an edge no matter the professional path they select,” said Dr. Jane Watkins, Professor and Chair of Computer Science at Limestone. “The video game industry needs all types of expertise, and college graduates with a breadth of interests and skills will certainly have an advantage in the job market.
“We're excited about this minor because, while it will certainly interest Computer Science majors, it will also be highly attractive to students who major in other areas,” she continued. “The minor is an excellent complement to any of the majors offered at Limestone. In the world of video game production, there is a need for expertise in a wide-variety of areas.”
Students who choose a minor in Computer Game Programming are not required to major in Computer Science.
“This is yet another way that Limestone is providing its students with well-rounded educations,” Watkins explained. “Game companies undoubtedly need computer scientists, but they also need writers, psychologists, mathematicians, artists, financial experts, and more.”
The games industry continues to be one of the most diverse and healthy available for job-seekers in the United States and across the world. In the U.S. alone, the game industry directly and indirectly employs more than 250,000 people. The Computer Game Programming minor at Limestone will teach the skills and techniques required to develop modern video games. It is designed to complement a diverse set of majors in order to enhance student learning and marketability.
To inquire about Limestone’s new Computer Game Programming minor, contact Watkins at jwatkins [at] limestone.edu. For more information about the College, log-on at www.limestone.edu.