March 2, 2011

Emory, Agnes Scott College partner on computer science degree

By joining forces with Emory, Agnes Scott College students have the opportunity to major in computer science.

A new dual-degree program, beginning this spring, allows the students to obtain a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science in computer science from Emory along with their bachelor of arts degree.

"The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Emory is excited to be partnering with Agnes Scott College in a joint program in computer science. Emory's CS programs are uniquely designed for the liberal arts context and thus very well matched to ASC students," says Vaidy Sunderam, chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.

Sunderam, who is also Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Computer Science, adds, "The program represents a big step forward in closer partnerships between Emory and Agnes Scott, as well as in helping to nurture the participation of women in computer science."

Computer science has seen fewer women entering the field over the past 20 years. Agnes Scott -- a private, liberal arts women's college – hopes that offering this program with Emory will "play a role in national efforts to reverse this trend and make significant progress in diversifying the field of computer science," says Carolyn J. Stefanco, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college at Agnes Scott.

Students pursuing the dual degree must complete or earn credit for Introduction to Computer Science I and II at Emory, and must have satisfied all the Agnes Scott standards and credits before enrolling at Emory to complete the dual-degree program.

— From Staff Reports

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