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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 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!

Is the 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.

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.

Clubs & Organizations

  • Chess Club Meets every Wednesday night in Hill House at 7:30 p.m.

    The Chess Club of Montevallo is a student organization dedicated to the study and play of the game of kings. The faculty advisor for this organization, Dr. Scott Varagona, is a chess master and has won several state chess championships. Students, faculty, staff and alumni of all experience levels are welcome to attend.

  • Montevallo Organization of Gaming Meets every Tuesday and Thursday night in Hill House at 7:30 p.m.

    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! All students, faculty, staff and alumni are welcome to attend.