Reply to post: Re: more CS students are interested in AI

More and more CS students are interested in AI – and there aren't enough lecturers

Michael Wojcik Silver badge

Re: more CS students are interested in AI

Undergraduate degree programs are very limited in the amount of time they can devote to the major, at least in the US. There are general-education and breadth requirements which, however necessary or valuable, occupy many of the course slots over the typical four-year program.1

Then there are the courses in cognate areas such as discrete mathematics which, while foundational to computer science, don't touch on areas such as "secure systems". And there are all of the course topics required by accreditation, which aim for a broad overview of the field rather than concentration in particular areas – that's left to graduate education. Again, that makes sense; few of the students going into an undergraduate program in any field have a firm idea of what they want to do, and most of those will change their minds anyway. It makes sense for undergrad ed to try to provide a broad look.

There are certainly problems with CS education, at all levels, in the US. There are also a number of talented researchers and educators working on CS pedagogy and education in general, such as Mark Guzdial.

As with so many topics, people in the industry love to bemoan the state of CS education. They often don't seem to know all that much about it, though, much less be participating in efforts to improve it.

1Not all are four years, of course. My CS baccalaureate was a five-year program, but it was a mix of coursework and co-op study as an employee in the industry. It worked out to about four years' worth of coursework. And the four "years" are actually two four-month semesters each at most schools, so it's really under three years.

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