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Applied Humanities: Game Studies Emphasis

Bachelor of Arts

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Quick Facts

Credits Required: 120
Cost Per Credit: $500
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College of Humanities

Program Details

The gaming industry is attracting professionals because of its vast growth potential, its technology-led innovation, and its career advancement opportunities. The BA in Applied Humanities: Game Studies emphasis offers you the knowledge and skills to open doors in the global game industry. 

In this BA, you'll develop technical and philosophical knowledge and practical skills in game history, design, business, and more. Because of the fully-rounded curriculum, you will also be ready to pursue professional opportunities in game and media journalism, digital humanities, new media policy, finance, law, entrepreneurship, digital culture studies, and related fields.

The BA in Applied Humanities teaches students cross-functional, creative, and interpersonal skills and abilities critical for the future of the global economy. This degree meets the demands of professional programs with a broader interdisciplinary perspective. This humanistic perspective offers a vital edge in rapidly changing professions.

This BA program requires a minor.

The program involves a mandatory internship that can be completed remotely.

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.


The emphasis courses for this program include:

PAH 230: Video Games as Artifacts: Appreciating Interactive Multimedia Entertainment
PAH 231: Global Video Game Cultures and Their Origins
PAH 330: The Video Game Industry: An Introduction to the Business of Making Money with Play
PAH 331: Video Game Studies: Critical/Cultural Approaches



Earning your Bachelor of Arts in Applied Humanities: Game Studies Emphasis will build core skills, including:

  • Intercultural competence
  • Collaboration
  • Analysis
  • Communication
  • Entrepreneurial skills & storytelling
  • Flexibility/adaptability
  • Leadership & organizational ability
  • Iterative problem solving
  • Transdisciplinary problem solving
  • Creative problem solving
  • Strategic planning skills
  • Professionalism
  • Abstract and critical thinking
  • Opportunity recognition
  • Resource mobilization
  • Innovation development

Graduates of the Applied Humanities: Game Studies program will be prepared to pursue careers in the following industries: 

  • Design
  • Development
  • Quality Assurance
  • Production
  • Advertising/Marketing/PR
  • Community Development
  • Community Management
  • Journalism
  • Publishing
  • Finance
  • Law & Public Policy
  • Events Planning & Management
  • UX Research & Design
  • Market Research
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Technology & Innovation
  • Technical Support
  • Retail Sales