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Academics

Cs108-fall-2006

Emily Arkus and Alice Onwona work as a programming team in an introduction to computing lab exercise (see CS 108).

Because our world relies increasingly on computer and information technology, we take it as our mission to prepare Christians to be agents of renewal in the areas of computing and information systems. To achieve this mission, we offer professional and spiritual training through a dynamic mixture of technical education, directed applications, mentoring and Christian fellowship.

Programs

We offer two different degrees in computer science:

We also offer programs that apply computing in the context of other fields:

Other Links

The following links provide detailed information about the content and scheduling of our courses:

Program Objectives and Assessment

We demonstrate that graduates of the Calvin College programs in computing have:

Knowledge

  • A broad theoretical framework in which to understand the field of computing
  • A deep understanding of current computing technologies
  • A broad training in the liberal arts

Values

  • A sensitivity to social and ethical issues surrounding technology
  • An understanding of how to use technology related abilities to serve others
  • An understanding of how Reformed Christianity affects all of a person’s life, including vocation

Skills

  • The ability to use up‑to‑date hardware and software platforms and tools
  • The ability to apply technological skills in an employment setting, or to conduct a research project
  • The ability to communicate effectively through speaking and writing
  • The ability to teach oneself, so as to support and encourage life‑long learning
  • The ability to think carefully about responsible decision‑making with respect to technology and to articulate those thoughts, as informed by a Reformed Christian world‑view

A detailed specification of the program learning objectives and how they are assessed can be found at the department assessment plan (login required).