04/18/14 7:45 PM

Academic Programs

Computer Science

Spelman College Students Win 2010 AT&T Big Mobile on Campus Challenge (SM)


Jazmine Miller and Jonecia Keels are the grand prize winners of the 2010 AT&T Big Mobile on Campus Challenge. The pair was awarded $5,000 each for their next generation
e-learning mobile application, HBCU Buddy. In addition to the cash prize, the Spelmanites won a mobile device of their choice, a lifetime development license for Spelman, and all-expense paid trips to the AT&T Higher Ed Board of Advisors meeting in Miami, Fla. and the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

The contest was open to full-time students who attend an institution of higher education (accredited, degree-issuing) within the continental United States. Past winners include a team from Harvard (2009) and Stanford (2008).

Learn More about Miller, Keels and the HBCU Buddy

We're glad that you're interested in Spelman College and in our Computer Science department. In addition to challenging students to use higher order thinking skills to solve complex problems, our goals are:

  • To prepare students for graduate training in some specialized area of computer science
  • To prepare students for jobs in industry, business, or government
  • To provide support courses for students in engineering, mathematics, and other fields requiring computer skills

Admission Requirements

The Computer Science department has no admission requirement that is separate from admission to Spelman College. Any Spelman student may major in computer science. If you are a Spelman student and would like to major or minor in computer science, you should start by taking CIS 121, "Computer Science I."

Why Major in Computer Science?

Surely each student has her own set of reasons for majoring in Computer Science. Here are some of the reasons you might consider:
  • An exciting career: Few fields have developed as rapidly as computer science has in the last fifty years. Computers have gone from million-dollar, multi-ton behemoths, used only for projects such as calculating artillery tables and census figures, to processors so small and cheap that they are put in watches, cameras, and microwave ovens. There has been an explosion of innovation that continues today, as new uses are found for computing and communications. The computer is the most powerful, flexible tool that humanity has ever invented; one whose potential seems unlimited. A major in computer science prepares you to be a part of this exciting and challenging field, contributing to practical, useful technology that will make life better.

  • Cutting-edge research: Some students decide to pursue graduate work in computer science, obtaining master's degrees or even doctorates, and contributing new ideas and knowledge to the world. A major in computer science prepares you to be competitive in the applicant pool for computer science graduate schools.

  • It's cool: Computer science can be really fun. Whether you are learning how things work, or making computers do new tricks, it's all well and good to feel that you are working on something that is useful and important; but if you don't enjoy the process, you'll devote as little time as you can to it. Whatever you study, learning should be fun.

  • A good job: The computing field generally pays graduates pretty well, and almost all of our graduates have landed a job by the time they graduate. Money is not the only thing in life, nor the most important; consequently, students who major in computer science just for the money typically find that they do badly and are able to perform well, because interest and drive are lacking.

  • Your parents said so: Often because of the good job prospects, parents will pressure students into majoring in computer science, even if the student's interests lie elsewhere. Here, the motivation is even less than if the student is interested in the money. We think that college is too interesting, too important and too expensive to waste those years doing something that is personally boring and meaningless. We urge every student to pursue her own interests, whether that be programming or political science.