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Game Development at Carthage College, Kenosha, WI

This blog contains direct quotes from websites as of 2023. Programs and policies do change, at colleges, from time to time, so please check with the colleges directly to receive any updates. These are not, necessarily, the biggest, best, or most popular programs at the college, but they are the ones that just “caught my eye” as unique, special, interesting, or just plain awesome. Enjoy!

From the Carthage College website, 2023: “Game development provides students a solid basis to pursue employment in the field of simulation, training, education, game development, and visual storytelling while being flexible enough to allow students to pursue a major in another discipline.

“Carthage takes a unique approach to game development, combining computer science with art and digital media. The new program equips graduates to design and develop high-level video games, as well as training simulations, 3-D models, and animation.

“New in fall 2023! Carthage is now offering a Bachelor of Arts in Game Development and a Bachelor of Science in Game Development!

“Computer science majors who add the optional concentration in game development can obtain associate-level certification through Unity, the platform used to create most mobile, console, and PC games. As of 2020, over half of mobile, console, and PC games were made using the company’s platform. “Certification in the Unity technology stack can be a powerful credential.” — Professor Perry Kivolowitz


A sampling of required and elective courses that can be taken toward the game development concentration or minor:

*Principles of Computer Science (I and II)

*Game Development (I, II, and III)

*Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Modeling

*Mobile Application Development

*Operating Systems

“Sharing arena space with Carthage’s varsity esports team, students can access 24 gaming stations with custom-built Lenovo PCs and an adjacent classroom. The Science Center contains a server room, hardware lab, and a networking/ advanced computing facility with Linux and Sun/Solaris platforms.

“STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES: Students studying game development at Carthage will consult with members of Carthage’s new competitive esports team when creating and refining original games.

“Students in the program also have the opportunity to work closely with a faculty member for a Summer Undergraduate Research Experience or delve into up-and-coming topics and technologies during a month-long period of study for J-Term.

“Students studying game development at Carthage have many opportunities to enrich their education:

“COMPETITIVE ESPORTS PROGRAM: Carthage has adopted esports as the first coed varsity sport on campus. A space in the Todd Wehr Center was converted into a gaming studio for the Firebirds’ practices and competitions.

“ANNUAL GAME JAM: The Computer Science Department hosts an Annual Game Jam, in which game development students and others interested in games compete to create the best game in less than a week. Game submissions are voted on by the Carthage esports team.

“SUMMER UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH EXPERIENCE (SURE): SURE offers Carthage students the opportunity to pursue an in-depth study of an area of interest with a faculty member. Students receive a stipend, room and board on campus, and a small research budget. The program has been a part of the Carthage science curriculum since the mid-1990s.

“GPU EDUCATION CENTER: Visual computing firm NVIDIA has designated Carthage a Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) Education Center, giving students access to hardware, software, experts, and educational resources in the emerging field of parallel programming. Our computer graphics course, game development course, and scientific computing course take advantage of this relationship.

“J-TERM: J-Term is a month-long period of study in January when students focus on a single class. Courses offered during J-Term delve into up-and-coming topics and technologies. Recent courses include mobile app development, web development, and agile software development.

“SCHOLARSHIPS FOR GAME DEVELOPMENT STUDENTS: Carthage awards one full-tuition and two $22,000 per year Math/Science Scholarships each year to incoming students. These scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate ability in computer science, mathematics, and other natural sciences, and are renewable for four years.

“CAREERS IN GAME DEVELOPMENT: The employment forecast varies by occupation, but the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 22% overall growth in jobs for software developers, analysts, and testers through 2030. In the software publishing industry, that projected growth rate rises to 28%.

“WHERE CARTHAGE GRADUATES GO: Although the game development program is new, some Carthage alumni have gone on to form their own gaming studios or to contribute as employees with:


*Raven Software

*OS Studios

*Incredible Technologies


Carthage College is one of the featured colleges in my new book (click image for additional information):

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