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Studies in Game Design & Development, Sport Management and Pre-Nursing New This Fall

Greenville College StudentsStarting this fall, Greenville College will expand its reach to students who want to pursue game design and development, sports management or nursing. The offerings represent the latest versions of innovative programming and partnerships that have historically defined academics at GC.

Game Design: Innovative and In-Demand

Game Design and Development at Greenville CollegeFew Christian colleges offer studies in digital media, but GC’s program has been going strong for nearly 15 years. This fall, students majoring in digital media can choose a new track that focuses on game design and development.

“It’s a good fit for what we’re already doing,” explains Deloy Cole, department chair.

He likens the production of a console game to the production of a feature film:

“Read the credits at the end of a game, and you will see hundreds of names representing a multitude of skills. Gaming requires every single subject that we offer in digital media – graphic design, programming, audio, video, animation. Everything we already teach is right there in a game; we just haven’t pulled it all together until now.”

  • Demand – Gaming technologies today reach far beyond console games to include job training, education, online shopping, advertising and more.
  • What students will learn – Topics will include theoretical and laboratory work that focuses on the video game development process. Students will experiment with games, study game components and learn video game design and prototyping programs.
  • For more information – Contact Deloy Cole, director of GC’s digital media program, 618.664.6822, 

Sport Management: A New Chapter in a Familiar Story

While career opportunities and continued growth of the sports industry make sports management an exciting field today, another factor makes it a particularly good fit for GC:

“We have experienced professors and alumni in the field,” says Doug Faulkner, former athletic director at GC for 15 years and current dean of the School of Professional Studies.

He points to personalities with GC ties who have filled high profile sport management roles – people like Robert Smith, who was instrumental in bringing baseball to the Olympics as an official gold medal sport; and alumnus John Hammond, general manager of the NBA Milwaukee Bucks.

  • Demand – The sports business today is a multi-billion dollar global industry driven by high consumer demand. Students majoring in sports management will prepare for careers in sports administration, sports information, facility management, ticket sales, public relations, coaching, game management and more.
  • What students will learnTopics will include marketing, operations and events, sales, sponsorship, sports law, finance and fundraising.     
  • For more information – Contact Doug Faulkner, dean of professional studies, at 618.664.6626,; or Jane Bell, assistant professor of management, at 618.704.5515,

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Nursing Partnership: Extending A Heritage of Collaboration

GC Students and Faculty in LaboratoryFor more than half a century, Greenville College has realized great success partnering with universities to prepare students for careers in engineering. Starting this fall, students interested in nursing will benefit from a similar partnership with St. John’s School of Nursing in Springfield, IL.

The 3/2 program (three years at GC and two years at St. John’s) leads to two degrees – a bachelor of arts from GC and a bachelor of science in nursing from St. John’s. The arrangement allows students to participate in traditional campus life experiences at GC, sports and extra-curricular activities. It also gives them a faith-integrated basis for their continued learning and career in health care.

  • Demand – The Occupational Outlook Handbook reports job growth for BSNs at 22%, much higher than job growth for other occupations.
  • More partnership options – GC is currently negotiating similar 3/2 partnerships with Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville and St. Louis University.      
  • For more information – Contact Jessica Evaul, Director of Nursing Partnerships Program at

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This story was published on June 24, 2015

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