Playing Pokémon Go in class may get you in trouble at your college but there are colleges that offer classes that require you to play Pokémon Go. Here are the five classes that every Pokémon trainer wants to sign up for:
Salford University (Salford, England)
Students are required to play Pokémon Go in their business information technology course. In interview with the Daily Mail, Professor David Kreps said that Pokémon uses the kind of information systems that are often used on the internet such as a camera and a GPS. He also said that requiring students to play the game would make the course more accessible. Sign me up!
National Taiwan University (Taipei)
What’s On Weibo reports that the college is offering a special Pokémon Go class:
“The course is called ‘A Study on Pokémon’. Perhaps contrary to expectations, it will not teach about all the Pokémon in the game or how to catch them. Instead, it offers a study into the Pokémon phenomenon from a scientific and legal angle.”
The release of Pokémon Go resulted in over 800 traffic fines in only three days. Since Pokémon Go is causing some trouble in Taiwan, it makes sense that a class would be offered on the legal side of the game.
University of Idaho (Moscow, Idaho)
According to IBT, “Pop Culture Games” is the newest and most exciting class on campus. In a news release, instructor Steven Bird said:
“This app does more than let you shoot a Pokeball. You get to adventure around, seeing different things, being active, seeing the sun. It allows you to move in large groups and a team. You get not only physical activity, but you also get team-building and leadership.”
If that doesn’t get you excited, maybe the class description will:
“A new physical activity class, Pop Culture Games, will teach students about leading active lifestyles, building teamwork and exploring their communities through games like the megahit smartphone app Pokémon Go and the live-action game Humans vs. Zombies.”
Fresno City College (Fresno, California)
Another physical education class is being offered which requires students to get active while catching Pokémon. College spokeswoman Cris Monahan Bremer confirmed that this class is totally legitimate and it offers one transferable credit. The instructor, Oliver Germond, has written his very own curriculum for the class. According to the Fresno Bee, this class is bigger than Pokémon:
“One word of warning: it isn’t just about catching Pokémon. Germond said he plans to incorporate elements of the game into a fitness course focused on walking, running and other basic cardiovascular workouts.”
Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, Illinois)
The class offered at this university was only for one day but does your college have an all day Pokémon Go event/pizza party? Probably not. This class is called Mapping, Exploring, & Pokémon Go. According to the official description of the event, it explains more about what they hoped to achieve at the event:
“Curious to learn how it works? Come to CLA&S External Programming’s “One-Day Fun Day” event and learn more about how mapping and GIS are used in the app, meet other Pokémon Go fans, (of course) catch some Pokémon around NIU’s campus, and have a chance to win prizes!”
This is only the beginning when it comes to Pokémon Go in college courses. It may be a relatively new art form, but video games are becoming more and more a part of our culture so it makes sense that learning more about the medium in college would be an important part of understand pop culture.