How Colleges are Reshaping Majors for the Future

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As the job market continues to shift towards tech-focused careers, colleges and universities across the nation face the challenge of preparing today’s learners for tomorrow’s workforce needs, and handling decreased enrollment in traditional majors such as liberal arts, anthropology, humanities, etc. One interesting solution that aims to solve both these challenges is to combine traditional majors with computer science.

According to a recent article published by the Chronicle of Higher Education [1]:

The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign is updating and reinvigorating many traditional majors by combining them with computer science. The reasoning is that liberal-arts, arts, and agricultural fields increasingly encompass data analysis that requires computer-science skills.

In attempt to revamp and reshape the future of college majors, the concept of merging academic disciplines such as astronomy, anthropology, or agriculture with computer science might help students understand and embrace technology and computation—through interdisciplinary perspectives and collaboration—which in turn, will help to influence better problem-solving for creative solutions across a variety of industries [1].

Furthermore, the new movement looks to satisfy administrations by keeping them from cutting out programs entirely while at the same time increasing student enrollment by providing them with new majors that explore their interests, and teaching them the technical skills they need to succeed in the workforce.

For more information, read the full article on the Chronicle of Higher Education.

References

[1] B. Quilantan, “Should Colleges Let Ailing Majors Die or Revamp Them?” Chronicle of Higher Education, May 20, 2018. [Online]. Available: https://www.chronicle.com/article/Should-Colleges-Let-Ailing/243447?cid=wsinglestory_hp_1 [Accessed July 10, 2018].