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The history of the CompSci degree

Esther Schindler (16185) writes | more than 2 years ago

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Esther Schindler writes "Young whippersnappers might imagine that Computer Science degrees — and the term "computer science" — have been around forever. But they were invented, after all, and early programmers couldn't earn a college degree in something that hadn't been created yet. (The year I went to Brandeis, 1975, was the first in which one could major in CompSci; before then, anyone learning programming got a degree in Physics.)

So, where'd "computer science" come from? In The Evolution of the Computer Science Degree, Karen Heyman traces the history of the term ("Symnoetics" anyone?) and the degree, and challenges you on a geek trivia question: Which U.S. college offered the first CS degree? (It's not an obvious answer.)"

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