In 1966 Randolph-Macon was one of the nation's first small, liberal arts colleges
to establish a Computer Science Department. The department's founder, Dr. Richard
E. Grove, properly saw that Computer Science could be both effectively and appropriately
presented within a full liberal arts curriculum. Today the department holds fundamentally
to Dr. Grove's vision in its presentation of a modern Computer Science curriculum.
In doing so, it is dedicated to excellence in teaching, fundamental preparation
of students, and involvement of students in research.
Computer Science includes the study of computers, algorithms developed for them,
programs, and the structures and techniques for the effective management of complex
systems of software and data. A firm understanding of the issues that are central
to the discipline requires a combination of first hand experience and rigorous consideration
of theoretical principles.
The computer science curriculum is intended to provide this combination
through the early exposure to programming and problem-solving settings and the careful
introduction of general principles of computing once experience has made the students
ready for such generalization.
The curriculum recognizes that computer science, as a discipline of
study, is application-neutral but acknowledges that applications form much of the
basis for research in the field. Consequently, students are taught the foundations
of computer science in major courses without special emphasis on either business
or scientific/ engineering applications. Those students who wish to direct their
studies toward a specific application area may do so, however, by electing to take
associated courses offered by this and other departments at the college.
Chuck Leska, Chair
Computer Science Department
P.O. Box 5005
Ashland, Virginia 23005-5505