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The History of Board Games (HIS-380)
Various: distance learning format

Varies (self-study; self-paced)

May 2023 - Present.

Subject Area:
History and Political Science

Number of Credits:

Learner Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the learning experience, students will be able to: identify the origins of board games and their significance in American culture; compare and analyze the themes in a variety of games; compare and contrast virtual board games and the role they play in modern day socialization and define the design elements in modern day board games that make them intriguing and appealing to a large demographic population.


The History of Board games explores the origins and design of a variety of games and their significance in American and European culture. Topics include the integration of dice into many games, strategic race games, games of alignment and linear connection and dimensional variants. Popular games including chess, checkers, Monopoly, Backgammon, Chutes and Ladders, Connect and Scrabble are studied.

Credit recommendation:

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in History, Liberal Arts, or Social Science (5/23).