There Is Now a Degree Course Where Playing Pokémon Go Is a Requirement To Pass

As of September, students at the University of Idaho will be expected to play Pokémon Go as part of one of their modules.

Yep. Pokémon Go has made its first appearance on the curriculum of a university course 👏

The app will be played as part of a new physical activity class at the university called Pop Culture Games. The course will include searching the campus grounds and catching Pokémon.

thedailytouch / via wikipedia

thedailytouch / via wikipedia

Steven Bird, the course instructor, believes the game can be really beneficial to students.

He said: “I want it to be more than people going, ‘I’m going to catch a Pikachu.”

“This app does more than let you shoot a Pokéball. 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.”

Much of the ethos behind the app fits with the university’s intentions for the the new class – which is aimed at encouraging students to get outside, be creative and develop skills in leadership, ethics, safety and respect.

To sign up for the course students must, of course, have a smartphone and data plan.

So, you can get closer to leaving uni with a decent mark by going out in search of a Snorlax? Sign us up.