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.
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 Randolph-Macon College P.O. Box 5005 Ashland, Virginia 23005-5505 (804)752-3158 email@example.com