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Game Studies and Design

What is a Game Studies and Design minor?

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 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
  • Business

    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

  • Education

    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 classes. 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 it 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.

Vallo Opoly

  • Vallo Opoly is a UM-themed board game celebrating the University of Montevallo. This game is the product of UM’s Game Design Workshop II class in the Game Studies and Design program: John “JR” Burt, Brandon Christian, Clay Dickenson, Chelsea Graham, Andrew Lawrence, and Charles “Tyler” Smith; taught by Dr. Cathlena Martin.

Montevallo Organization of Gaming

  • The Montevallo Organization of Gaming (MOG) is a student organization dedicated to promoting a friendly atmosphere for all types of gaming activities. MOG members play all types of video games, card games, board games, and tabletop games. The club also maintains a large inventory of games and gaming supplies for students to use. If we don’t have a game you’d like to play, bring it!

    Meeting Times

    MOG meets every Tuesday and Thursday night in Hill House at 7:30pm. All students, faculty, staff, and alumni are welcome to attend.