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Submission + - Making Computer Science More Attractive To Women

PatriceVignon writes: The number of women getting a Bachelor in computer science has declined according to this article in the NYTimes. The reason: "when high school girls think of computer scientists they think of geeks [...] and a lifetime of [...] writing computer code." Instead the universities would prefer to see CS as "the intellectual challenge of applying the study of cognition and the tools of computation to medicine, ecology, law, chemistry — virtually any kind of human endeavor." In order to make computer science more attractive (especially to women) some universities have dropped programming experience as an admission criterion. Isn't this misleading advertising, since you will never be able to get around the programming requirements? And if you are only interested in CS because of its applications in, e.g., medicine, wouldn't you be better off studying it and taking additional CS courses during your studies?

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