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Computer Science Department

Mission Statement

The Computer Science Department strives to provide a high-quality major in the context of the liberal arts, while simultaneously providing service courses for students who major in other areas.  Through both its curriculum and its environment, the department creates a community that is welcoming and encouraging to all DePauw University students, regardless of high school preparation, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or disability.  Senior Computer Science majors should compare favorably with Computer Science majors at similar schools, where periodic statistical analysis of our placement data and comparable data from similar schools provides a mechanism for comparison.  The department offers a curriculum and supporting learning experiences (with the aid of excellent computing resources) that will prepare majors to either enter graduate school or the workforce directly after graduation.  In either case, graduates will be prepared to be life-long learners, so that they maintain current skills and knowledge in a rapidly changing world.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Mission Statement

National trends show that Blacks, Latinx, women, and first-generation students are grossly underrepresented in computer science. The DePauw University Department of Computer Science seeks to reverse these trends and to create an equitable and nurturing environment for these four underrepresented groups of students along with the disabled and the LGBTQ+ community.

Student Outcomes

1) Understand how to solve problems using algorithms and programming skills
2) Know how to apply and analyze algorithms and programs
3) Be able to learn new computer languages and technologies

Department History

Here is a PDF Document detailing the history of our department.