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Imagining new worlds, transforming existing ones

What is your dream career?

Maybe you’ve been studying and inhabiting online worlds for years now, and you’d like to learn how to connect the skills you’ve already developed with a career path in the real world. 

That could mean working in the video game industry—as a designer, writer, coder, or something else entirely. Or it might mean bringing your skills in building and examining alternate realities to other career paths, whether it be education, entertainment, nonprofit administration, healthcare, community building, tech, or finance.

Our world is changing faster and more profoundly than ever before, and we need broad, resourceful thinkers to be ahead of the curve.

Chart your own path

Worldbuilding at Beloit begins from the recognition that what we perceive as “reality” both shapes and is shaped by the languages we speak, the cultures we come from, the histories we embody, and the media we consume — and the narratives we use to understand and describe it all.

We invite writers, performers, big thinkers, activists, connectors, and desktop philosophers to join us as we figure out what’s possible — studying the past, and writing histories of the future. 

What worlds do you want to build?

  • Educational Worlds: from teachers to nonprofit administrators, counsel the next generation.
  • Communal Worlds: from community organizers to social media specialists, create connections.
  • Possible Worlds: from social justice activists to entrepreneurs, engineer the future.
  • Therapeutic Worlds: from mental health specialists to school counselors, heal the soul.
  • Fictional Worlds: from game designers to novelists, imagine alternate realities.
  • Intercultural Worlds: from translators to curators, bridge people and communities.
  • Material Worlds: from urban planners to technology developers, build our environment.

We’re here to support you

Beloit’s Innovation Space offers worldbuilders high-performance Apple computers, an animation station, graphics tablets, an audio recording booth, and gaming hookups. You can also take advantage of the creative facilities at the Center for Entrepreneurship in Liberal Education at Beloit (CELEB), including the Maker Lab and the Maple Tree Recording Studio.

Build your own business in the Entrepreneurship Lab, or learn about the world-changing potential of foundations by getting involved in the WISE Philanthropic Foundation.

And our faculty, staff, and broad network of alumni are available to mentor and encourage you along the way. 


Your Mentors

Michael Dango
Michael Dango

Michael Dango and his students examine contemporary art, media, and literature to see how people are developing frameworks for making sense of urgent political, social, and environmental questions.

Get Involved

Contact channel coordinator Michael:


Joseph Derosier
Joseph P. Derosier

Joseph Derosier and his students examine literature, film, and other forms of media to understand how our world has been imagined and realized, and how we ourselves participate in how these worlds are perpetuated, altered, and reimagined.

Natalie Gummer
Natalie Gummer

Natalie Gummer and her students recognize, challenge, and transform narratives that tell us what’s “real” and who’s “normal” through engagement with lifeways, cosmologies, and identities from other times and places.

Tamara Ketabgian (“ke-TAHB-jin”)
Tamara Ketabgian

Tamara and her students explore storytelling’s power to transform both our current world worlds of the future - by reading and writing science fiction and climate fiction, engaging with environmental humanities, or creating narratives about data, knowledge, and modernity.

Amy Tibbitts
Amy Tibbitts

Through a combination of narrative and non-narrative film, literature, art, and journalism from the Spanish-speaking world, Amy encourages students to explore issues such as environmental change, gender roles, and the use and abuse of power.

Daniel Youd, Professor of Chinese, Modern Languages & Literatures.
Daniel Michael Youd

With research interests in Chinese literature, comparative literature, translation studies, and the digital humanities, Daniel works with students to understand how language, translation, and literature build the worlds we inhabit. He also helps students explore how we use language as a tool to curate experience.

Careers in Writing Festival brings alumni to students

Careers in Writing Festival brings alumni to students

Students explored how writing skills translate into a variety of careers at a daylong festival with returning Beloit College alumni working in journalism, editing, translating, marketing, communications, and more.


Poetry Reading

Aardvark Authors has worked tirelessly for weeks to celebrate National Poetry Month and are excited to share what we have created! Come to our open campus poetry reading…

Current Mackey Chair Kimberly Blaeser (with her new book of poetry, Ancient Light), Professor of English Chris Fink, and past Mackey Chair Bonnie Jo Campbell (with her new novel, The Waters).

Mackey Chairs past and present meet at reading

Accomplished novelist and former Mackey Chair Bonnie Jo Campbell returned to campus for an insightful Q&A and reading with students, and met this  


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