As if the practice of employers “Googling” a potential employee isn’t enough incentive for young adults to be conscientious of their online behavior, now some colleges are offering not just classes, but majors that hinge on online proficiency. “New Media,” “Computer Game Design,” and “Cyber Security” are just a handful of the upcoming internet-focused fields that some institutes of higher learning are adding to their list of majors offered.
All of that time on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, blogging, etc could prove useful for students seeking a degree in “New Media,” a new major offered at MIT, USC, University of Minnesota and Syracuse University. According to US News, “Colleges are offering a slew of variations under the new media umbrella, combining traditional journalism or communications studies with offerings in digital media and design.”
The article highlights a handful of majors that colleges are offering now to meet workplace demands. The nine new fields of study include: Biomedical Engineering, Computer Game Design, Environmental Studies/Sustainability, Health Informatics/Information Management, Homeland Security, Information Assurance/Cyber Security, Nanotechnology, New Media, Public Health. Students will find that these majors are offered at both public and private schools and can be found at schools across the nation.
Those proficient in gaming will be pleased to know that “Computer Game Design” is a major offered at Becker College, Michigan State University, and Rochester Institute of Technology among others. The field of computer game design feeds into an industry “expected to reach $82.4 billion globally by 2015, compared to $55.5 billion in 2010” according to US News as graduates will work in “game production, development, design, art, programming, computer graphics, and human computer interaction.”