Josh Weinhold | March 6, 2020
The University of Notre Dame is launching a bachelor of arts in computer science (BACS) major, offering undergraduate students the opportunity to obtain rigorous training in the rapidly-advancing areas where computer science intersects with the arts, humanities or social sciences.
Housed in the College of Arts and Letters, the program will involve significant coursework in the College of Engineering’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering while offering enough flexibility for students to enroll in an Arts and Letters program — a major, supplementary major, minor or 15-credit-hour course sequence of their own design.
The BACS major will be based in the newly-established Computing and Analytics Program Office in the College of Arts and Letters, which will house the major together with two thriving tech-focused minors — data science and the Idzik Computing and Digital Technologies Program.
“We are very excited to partner with the College of Arts and Letters on this new major, which will offer a distinctive program of study for students intending to integrate and extend their interests in computing and other fields,” said Patrick Flynn, Duda Family professor and chair of the department of computer science and engineering.
“We expect the bachelor of science in computer science degree to continue to be one of the largest at the University, and its graduates will continue to enjoy a strong set of employment opportunities. But students who combine deep studies in computer science with focused study of another field, as required in the BACS program, will be trailblazers as society continues to see integration between computing technology, all professions and all walks of life.”
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