Bowdoin faculty voted to approve the promotion of DCS from an initiative to an academic department offering both a Coordinate Major and a Minor. This result is the culmination of ten years of discussions amongst the institution and DCS professors including: Eric Chown, Crystal Hall, Mohammad Irfan, and Fernando Nascimento.
DCS falls perfectly in line with the liberal arts education as it spans across multiple disciplines and employs new computational methodologies in order to prepare students change the world. They will be able to bring skills learned in DCS into their other areas of study, preparing them for deeper levels of discovery. They will be fluent in digital literacy spanning from coding to data analysis to design. Further, students will be able to critically examine the implications of technology in relation to society, and understand the ethical consequences of the technology which they develop in the classroom.
With this approval, Bowdoin will have the opportunity to lead the liberal arts into the future by integrating traditional thinking with the modern world. As DCS continues to evolve, it will respond to emerging challenges at the intersection of technology and society, with the intention to contribute to the Common Good.