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. 

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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.

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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 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. 

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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. 

Learn more about the Math/Science Scholarship competition