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Understand, use and design the technology of today and tomorrow. You’ll develop the mind behind the machine through Northwestern’s liberal arts curriculum, which focuses on the right side of your brain as well as the left. And as you explore changing technology issues, you’ll discover your faith and values are a solid foundation for your work as a computer scientist.
Northwestern’s computer science program includes majors in computer science and software engineering, a minor in computer programming, and a career concentration in computer science. A Northwestern computer science education provides the knowledge, skills, experience, critical-thinking abilities and values necessary for a transformative career in analytics, database management, game design, network administration, programming, software engineering, web development, research or more. Explore programs
Northwestern’s computer science faculty is an elite group of practitioners who offer students the best in computer science theory and practice. Explore faculty
Programmed for success
Northwestern's computer programming teams have a long tradition of excellence. They were among the top 100 in the world in 2009 and 2010, competing in IBM's annual "Battle of the Brains" alongside teams from MIT, Stanford, Oxford and the University of Moscow. In 2022, a Northwestern team placed 16th among 95 schools in our region--the second-best finish for a school from Iowa and for a private liberal arts college. And computer science graduates all get jobs, often high-paying and at high-profile companies. Of course, their excellent career preparation is only half the program. They’ve also discovered the place of faith in the digital age. Meet a graduate
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