[SIGCIS-Members] History courses in CS departments

Eric Rawn erawn at berkeley.edu
Wed Feb 15 16:02:19 PST 2023

Hi Evan,

In interactive computing, Stanford teaches a foundations and introduction
to research class https://hcicourses.stanford.edu/cs347/2023/ (which I
believe is in its current form from when Terry Winograd first offered it
decades ago). UC Berkeley teaches a similar courses (COMPSCI260B, INFO290)
in both our computer science dept and school of information. All of them
are for engineering students looking to get involved in current research,
so they are very applied and practical tours through the history of the
field, but especially Stanford's class usually spends quite a long time on
historical papers, Ivan Sutherland, Engelbart, etc.


On Wed, Feb 15, 2023 at 9:40 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
> https://web.njit.edu/~evank
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