Over the course of three decades, the computer science department at Washington and Lee has built a curriculum that provides outstanding computer science education in a liberal arts setting. We offer students courses in all of the major areas of computing, as well as opportunities to participate in several ongoing research programs sponsored by our faculty.
Beginning students take a two-semester introductory programming sequence course in the Python language, where they become proficient in problem solving and developing software using the latest and most advanced programming techniques. They then take courses in software development with Java, computer organization (assembly language and C programming), programming language design, and algorithm analysis. Electives in many areas are then available. You can enter the honors program and write a senior thesis if you qualify.
Research areas included robotics, web applications, digital humanities, and genetic programming. The department also has strong interdisciplinary ties to such areas as neuroscience, engineering, mathematics, business administration, and digital humanities.
Faculty sponsor student research with summer internships, and you can also find summer opportunities at other universities, in government, or in the private sector. Some graduates have been admitted to some of the top graduate schools in the country. Other graduates use our aggressive career office and strong alumni network to find permanent employment in government or the private sector.
Students have majored in computer science and also majored in almost any other subject here. Many students have another science major, such as biology or physics; some have a second major in our commerce school, and a few have a second major in a subject like philosophy, classics, or theater. Students can also have a minor in a subject that offers one, where you take approximately one half of the courses required for a major. In all cases, we encourage our majors to pursue a broad sampling of subjects in the liberal arts, which we believe is the best way to get a true education.
We have a collegial and fun-loving group of students in the program at any given time, and our record of attracting women and students of underrepresented groups to the major is unsurpassed. Our majors, like other students, are involved outside the classroom in many extracurricular clubs, organizations, and athletic teams.
In short, if you want a first-rate computer science education at a first-rate liberal arts college, you should check out the computer science department at Washington and Lee. Please feel free to contact the department chair, Professor Sara Sprenkle at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have any questions.
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Thursday, May 25, 2023
CS Major Katie Yurechko ’24 presents at the 2023 ACM Web Conference
The 2023 Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Conference took place in Austin, Texas on April 30-May 4. This conference is considered the most recognized forum to showcase and discuss progress in research, development, standards and applications of web-related topics. Katie, along with collaborators Carnegie Mellon professor Daniel Klug and student Ella Steen of Gordon College, …
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Friday, May 19, 2023
2023 CS Phi Beta Kappa Initiates
Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) was founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary. Its motto is “Love of learning is the guide of life.” The Gamma of Virginia Chapter was chartered at W&L in 1911. The PBK chapter at Washington and Lee University welcomed 49 members of the junior and senior classes at …
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Monday, April 10, 2023
CS Senior, Abdul AboEitta presents his Honors Thesis
On Thursday, April 6, Abdul AboEitta, Class of 2023, presented his Honors Thesis “Hyperdimensional Computing for Gesture Recognition using a Dynamic Vision Sensor” Abdul’s thesis introduced a novel neuromorphic approach that exploits two biologically-inspired technologies: (1) Dynamic Vision Sensor (DVS) and (2) Hyperdimensional Computing (HDC). By integrating technologies inspired by the human brain, the primary …
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Friday, March 31, 2023
W&L’s Lakpa Sherpa ’25 and Ignas Volcokas ’25 – 2nd place winners at Hackathon
Lakpa and Ignas came in second for best education hack at Hoo Hacks 2023 with their EsyLearn project. During the hackathon, Lakpa and Ignas were inspired to produce a personal learning assistant that would accept and adjust to the learning needs of its user. EsyLearn is set …
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Friday, March 24, 2023
2023 ODK Computer Science Inductee – Katie Yurechko
W&L’s Alpha Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), the national leadership honor society, held its spring induction ceremony on March 16. Computer Science major, Katie Yurechko ’24, was among the 50 new members. Congratulations, Katie! To learn more about the ODK ceremony, click the link: https://columns.wlu.edu/odk-holds-spring-initiation-for-wl-honorees-3/
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