Games and Emerging Media

Are you interested in games? Are you interested in creating, designing, and learning about cutting-edge media, such as apps, mobile technology, virtual reality, and online games? 

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Games and Emerging Media is a brand new interdisciplinary program. The program provides all majors with a foundation in programming, art, game design, UI/UX, game writing/storytelling, and the business of games. In addition, all students have the opportunity to take courses in the ethics of games, online culture, storytelling across media, artificial intelligence, and other relevant topics. All students also participate in a game studio course, which is set up like a mock game studio. All students are also required to take a capstone course, which helps students establish a portfolio of games and media work.

Students in the program have the opportunity to concentrate in either Technical Development and Programming, or Design, Writing, and Culture. The Technical Development and Programming students focus on the programming and software development side of game creation. The Design, Writing, and Culture students have the opportunity to take a customized mix of courses in writing, game design, and social aspects of gaming, depending on one's interests.

Students can also minor in Games and Emerging Media.

In addition, students can participate in the Play Innovation Lab, where students can design and research games, as well as help organize and participate in games-related events. 

The core faculty of the games program is drawn from the Computing Technology department in the School of Computer Science and Mathematics, as well as the Media Arts department in the School of Communication and the Arts.

The Games and Emerging Media program is:

  • Interdisciplinary
  • Innovative
  • Caring
  • Community-minded
  • Hands-on
  • Student-focused

Unlike other games programs, the students at Marist College benefit from being at a well-rounded school, while having access to the top faculty, facilities, labs, techniques, and tools. Students get the full college experience--sports, music, theater, extracurriculars--in a nurturing environment that prepares you for a career AND for a fulfilled life.

In the Marist Games program, we prepare you for careers in:

  • Game development/programming
  • Game design
  • Game art and animation
  • User experience design
  • Software development
  • Game writing 
  • Game/media production
  • & More!

For more information about the program, please contact Dr. Karen Schrier, Director, at

Download an overview of the requirements for the major.

Download a tri-fold brochure about the major.

Download a flyer about the major.

Download a year-by-year list of recommended courses for majors.

Download an overview of the games minor.

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