Webster University, located in the St. Louis suburb of Webster Groves, Missouri, now offers a Chess in Education minor. The school made the announcement in a Wednesday press release. It is focused on developing chess educators academically and professionally, aiming to bridge the access gap between elementary and higher education and professional pursuits. This minor degree makes Webster University one of only a few institutions of higher education in the world to offer an academic degree program in chess. \u201cChess is more than a game; it is an investment aimed at improving the educational experiences of our students, and as the home of the highest-ranked collegiate chess team in the United States, it only makes sense that we would be the first to offer an academic program built around chess,\u201d Webster University President Julian Schuster said.\u00a0 The 18-credit minor degree courses are internationally available online.\u00a0 The Chess in Education minor degree will focus on the historical socio-cultural, psychological, technological, and strategical significance of the 1,500-year-old game while improving students\u2019 chess abilities.