Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

6-1-2007

Abstract

Computers play an important role in every area of our society and are integral in every academic discipline. Today's computer science students need a background that will prepare them for the expanding range of computing opportunities. The opportunities for computer professionals are varied and increasing in diversity. However, undergraduate computer science programs tend to be narrowly focused on programming and related technical skills. Female students in particular tend to be highly interested in exploring connections between computer science and other fields.

How can we leverage these observations at a liberal arts college, where interdisciplinary connections are highly desirable, and where the student population is often heavily female? We have implemented a radically different form of computer science major that fosters interdisciplinary connections. We present our curriculum here as an example of a truly liberal arts approach to computer science, one that we believe will encourage participation by a wide range of students, and particularly women.

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