Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Rogers State Univ. in Claremore to Offer Degree in Game Development

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Rogers State Univ. in Claremore to Offer Degree in Game Development

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A new bachelor's degree program focusing on developing computer games has been developed at Rogers State University in Claremore.

High-technology business ventures could potentially be developed in Oklahoma from the program, said Bruce Garrison, dean of the Rogers State School of Business and Technology.

Student teams will develop computer games during their senior year.

We hope some of these games will be sold to existing companies, Garrison said. Other students with marketable games could become entrepreneurs and start companies designing games.

Students will not focus on just entertainment value or fantasy games.

We hope the skills will be used to create games for teaching and business education programs and not just something you would play by yourself on a computer for fun, Garrison said.

The program is expected to start in the fall of 2006 and will be the first bachelor of science in game development offered in Oklahoma. The University of Oklahoma's board of regents, the governing board for Rogers State, has approved the program but authorization is still pending from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

This is truly a cutting-edge program, both nationally and in Oklahoma, that is ideally structured to respond to students' interests, said Joe Wiley, Rogers State president. The degree also recognizes the shift in demand for computer programmers toward the creation of educational, entertaining and marketable products.

The idea for the program came from Wiley, Garrison said.

He came to us about three years ago and mentioned that game development was emerging as a possible degree program, Garrison said. We saw that it was something schools like Rogers State could do.

Development of the new degree was in response to the global marketplace where information technology jobs have been lost in the United States to other countries.

The field of game development can fill the void by providing jobs for IT professionals in the U.S., Wiley said.

Not all Rogers State students will be able to qualify for the program. The bachelor's degree in game development will be the first degree at the school requiring a certain level of academic standing. …

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