[SIGCIS-Members] History courses in CS departments

Devin Short shortda at uw.edu
Wed Feb 15 11:09:44 PST 2023

Not sure how convincing it would be to your particular audience, but you
might consider looking around for similar courses in other science or
engineering departments. For instance the University of Washington
department of Earth and Space Sciences has a course listed with both
undergrad and grad course numbers called "Great Geological Issues," with
description "History and development of geological and paleontological
theories and controversies; philosophy and methodology that have driven
scientific inquiry in the earth sciences." I know these kinds of courses
tend to be popular with undergrads, so focusing on enrollments might be a
way to argue for putting the course in the CS department rather than
letting those students go somewhere else.

On Wed, Feb 15, 2023 at 9:41 AM Evan Koblentz via Members <
members at lists.sigcis.org> wrote:

> Hi everyone,
> I've been teaching a special topics course in computer history for three
> semesters here at NJIT. The university policy is three semesters maximum,
> then the course must be made permanent or cancelled. So I'm going through
> the process of trying to make it permanent.
> The department administration supports it, but it has to be voted on by
> the rank-and-file faculty, many of whom don't seem to understand the value
> of a history course -- or at least not of a history course in a technical
> department, rather than through our humanities college.
> It would help if I can show them other examples. Can anyone point me
> existing examples of history courses in CS, EE, or other technical
> departments at U.S. universities?
> --
> Evan Koblentz
> New Jersey Institute of Technology
> - Senior Writer, Office of Strategic Communications
> - Adjunct Instructor, Ying Wu College of Computing
> - Faculty/Staff Advisor, NJIT Lego Club
> evank at njit.edu
> (973) 596-3065
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