University of North Dakota to Offer Esports Bachelor’s Degree
The University of North Dakota is no stranger to the esports world. Currently, the university offers varsity esports ranging from Valorant and League of Legends to Chess. The team strives to build a sense of community, which they showed last year, when they partnered with the non-profit Haley’s Hope for the first annual Good Gaming Rocket League competition. In order to foster a strong community, a Nexus Esports facility was put into the University of North Dakota Wellness Center and is open to all students regardless of varsity status.
Now the university has chosen to offer the first esports bachelor’s degree in the state of North Dakota. This fall, students will take classes focusing in competitive gaming as well as computer science, public health, sports business, and more. The degree is to be offered through the College of Education & Human Development’s Department of Kinesiology. While still prioritizing the rapidly evolving industry of esports, the goal of the program is to apply practices from the traditional sports industry to the gaming performance and coaching of esports.
Written by Samantha Barth