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Ohio State to offer degrees in gaming, competitive gaming teams

Students at The Ohio State University will soon be able to turn their passion for gaming into a career.

Students at The Ohio State University will soon be able to turn their passion for gaming into a career.

The University’s new "eSports" program will allow students to study gaming production, business, and even the impact on health. The program is slated to debut in 2019.

“We’re always looking for ways we can pull in different, diverse groups of students and their backgrounds and what they’re doing and what their interests are,” said Associate Vice President for Student Life Molly Ranz Calhoun.

The program will offer undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as opportunities for students in other majors to join competitive gaming teams.

“This is a great collaboration between several groups at the university,” Ranz Calhoun said.

"The medical center is doing research, academic affairs is looking at it from a curriculum, and student life is looking at it from outside the classroom student life perspective for students.”

Creators of the program say the hope is to appeal to a broader group of students.

“Curriculum in any field, if the student is passionate about it their success rate is much higher, so this is something that they are passionate about, they have an opportunity, they have a degree in it lots of opportunity for the future.”