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Submitted by davidjbeveridge
davidjbeveridge (2305200) writes "I'm interested in getting a CS degree. I've been programming since I was 13, and like many of us, taught myself. I am familiar with a number of languages, understand procedural, functional, and object-oriented paradigms; I'm familiar with common design patterns and am a decent engineer. I learn quickly. I work 2 jobs and I have a life. I want to get a CS degree from an accredited school (a BS, that is), but I have no interest in wasting any of my precious time taking classes in English, Philosophy, History, Art and the like. While these fields are useful and perhaps enriching, they will not contribute to making me better at my job. Moreover, I attended an excellent high school that covered these fields of study in great detail, and I feel no need or desire to spend more time studying these things. I want a BS in Computer Science with no general education requirements. Any suggestions?"
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  • Yes, I have a suggestion. Either go to a trade school, or forget it. A BS, BA, or any valid college degree is going to have courses besides those in your major field of interest. That's the meaning of the degree: you're trained more broadly than just in your major.

    I wouldn't hire anyone, repeat anyone, with a so-called degree that didn't have some additional background. How do you ever expect to communicate your ideas unless you have some background in speech and writing? Programming isn't all coding!

    If

    • Having been to a variety of schools, worked a variety of jobs, and spent time working people who's educations varied from multiple Ph.D's to high school drop outs, I'd have to disagree with you. Don't get me wrong, I see value to the university education system, especially in maths, sciences, and engineering, but as far as undergraduate electives go, I see it as a waste of time. Maybe your university offered more substantial electives, outside of the CS program, but the three schools I've been to did not

  • by decora (1710862) on Friday June 24, 2011 @06:46PM (#36561750) Journal

    His papers were not published in 'computer science' journals, because there weren't any. Articles like "Computing Machinery and Intelligence" were published in a journal called Mind, which was a philosophical journal.

    Philosophy is the study of the human mind, how it works, and how logic works. That's where modern computer science comes from, things like lambda calculus come out of the intersection between mathematics and philosophy. Godel and Turing were not just 'computer scientists' they were philosophers.

    Every time you write a program and compile it and run it, you are using philosophy and it's products.

    Just thought I'd throw that out there.

    • I agree. Someone with nothing but technical courses is missing a perspective that has served others extremely well.
  • I don't know of any myself but I can suggest a few things. They're more expensive but some private schools may offer different approaches like what you're looking for. Also to the posters who are ignoring his statements about disinterest in non-focus of study classes. First of all, good high schools will often have more intense classes than a lot of run of the mill colleges for things like history or foreign language. This was my high school experience, too. For me taking western civ in high school with an

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