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CS + X: Coordinate Major in Computer Science

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Computing and Information Technology Division Technical Session 5

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Anastasia Kurdia Tulane University

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Anastasia Kurdia is a Senior Professor of Practice of Computer Science at Tulane University. She received her undergraduate degree in Applied Mathematics from Belarusian State University, and Ph.D. from University of Texas at Dallas. In her dissertation, she developed new algorithms for studying protein geometry. At Tulane Prof. Kurdia teaches a variety of undergraduate computer science courses and also works on issues in computer science education with concentration on effective teaching and active learning, novel pedagogies, learning at scale, teaching with technology, increasing diversity in technical fields.

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A coordinate major is an additional major aiming to complement the primary one. Compared to a major, it requires less teaching resources; compared to a minor, it provides for more in-depth study. It attracts students from different disciplines and hence organically produces a diverse environment of learners focused on interdisciplinary issues.

Despite these distinct benefits, it is a relatively rare program as far as undergraduate computer science programs are concerned. In this paper, I describe the design of a coordinate major in computer science program at Tulane University, discuss implementation details, and provide practical suggestions for implementing such a program in another university.

Kurdia, A. (2021, July), CS + X: Coordinate Major in Computer Science Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36883

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