WPU launches three new bachelor degrees that enhance curriculum and meets career and talent demands

February 17, 2021

William Peace University has announced the addition of three new bachelor degree programs: Interactive Design, ESports and Gaming Administration, and Human Resources Management. All programs will be offered beginning Fall of 2021 and are a great complement to the more than 30 other majors. “These programs tie in well with our Believe In Peace Strategic Plan,” said President Brian Ralph. “All three programs support the immersive learning we are known for, while Interactive Design and ESports will add to our distinctive identity.”

“ESports and Gaming Administration is a perfect fit for Raleigh and for WPU,” stated Ralph.  The global Esports industry is expected to grow at a rate of 400% in the next seven years, to $4.28 billion by 2027, according to Data Bridge Market Research. As an emerging esports gaming community, Raleigh is ranked by Forbes as the second hottest area in the United States for tech jobs. “Raleigh is home to numerous video game and esports companies along with e-sport events, and we can provide graduates with the skills these companies hunger for,” according to Department Chair of Art, Communications and Simulation and Game Design, Professor Roger Christman. Both this degree and Interactive Design complement the current major of Simulation and Game Design. The Esports and Gaming Administration graduates will be well-versed in the business and technology aspects of esports. The Interactive Design degree will provide our graduates with greater working knowledge of User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX) design. “These degrees will give students more options in these growing career fields,” Christman said.

The Human Resources Management degree will round out WPU’s robust offerings in Business.  “This option allows our students to major in a growing area of business, or to supplement their general business curriculum with courses beneficial to any business manager,” Program Director of Business, Professor Carolyn Nye said. Graduates will be prepared to engage in recruitment, selection, compensation and benefits, training and development, and HR strategy. In addition, they will be prepared to oversee total rewards programs and to work collaboratively with the legal department on issues related to employee disputes and employment law. “With up to a 7% increase in anticipated job openings in human resources positions by 2028, it is important for our students to develop the expertise necessary to succeed in this field,” Professor Nye added.

Founded in 1857, William Peace University is a nationally-ranked institution in Raleigh, NC – one of U.S News’ Best Places to Live – serving almost 850 students in 30+ undergraduate and 10 professional programs in criminal justice, education, business administration, and more. Nestled in the heart of Raleigh’s downtown area, our culture is as vibrant as the city that surrounds it; and our students benefit from all the connection and collaboration that our central location has to offer. With supportive professors, dedicated faculty advisors, and a friendly and active student body, William Peace University students enjoy the tight-knit community of a smaller university, and the opportunity of a growing, flourishing city.


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