Will All Schools Require Web Design to Earn a Degree?

Web design schools teach students how to be the best web designer they can be, but as we’ve mentioned numerous times – nearly all industries are turning to the web for one reason or another. Will this trend cause more students to enroll in web design classes, even when they aren’t committing to a full web design school program? They may not have a choice.

According to a reporter from U.S. World & News, web design school could be incorporated into all aspects of college degree programs one day soon:

Earning a college degree often involves completing a list of general education requirements. Aimed at turning out well-rounded graduates, the mandated curriculum can include groups of courses from a variety of disciplines–literature, philosophy, social and physical sciences, history, and foreign languages.

As we continue on a track where technology powers everything from our toothbrushes to our textbooks, should computer science be added to the list?

“Yes, it absolutely should be,” says Geoffrey Bowker, professor of informatics at the University of California–Irvine. “All aspects of our personal lives and our work lives are affected by computers. We need to know about the tools that we’re working with.”

Some universities include computer science among options to satisfy science or math requirements. At UC–Irvine, students choose three courses from computer science, public health, economics, physics, biology, chemistry, earth science, philosophy, or international studies to meet their general education requirement in science and technology. But offering students a taste of computer science is not enough, Bowker says.

“Getting a flavor of science is great,” he says. “But computer science is not a flavor; it’s a staple.”

While Bowker is fighting to make computer science a staple at his university, it is already a requirement at some institutions.

Each of the nearly 2,000 freshmen entering Georgia Institute of Technology each year must take a computer science course regardless of their major, says Charles Isbell, associate dean for academic affairs at the school’s College of Computing.

(Read the full report here, at the Chicago Tribune.)

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