Chestertown, MD, August 9, 2000 — Washington College is pleased to announce the addition of two new major programs of study, anthropology and computer science. Beginning in the fall of 2000, students will be able to choose from these or any of the other 23 majors the College offers.
Washington College will be the only institution of higher learning on the Eastern Shore to offer a major in anthropology and only one of four to do so in the state of Maryland. The major has been established primarily due to student demand. During the past four years, enrollment in anthropology courses has been consistently high. In the past three semesters, course offerings have doubled, yet class size has continued to increase. Seven students have taken the initiative to design independent majors in anthropology by petitioning the Dean of the College. Future majors will complete ten four-credit courses in anthropology, one study abroad experience and a major research paper. The anthropology major directly supports the mission of the College, "to stimulate men and women to think deeply, imaginatively, and creatively about past and present civilizations."
The new major in computer science also promotes the College's mission by providing an additional area of intellectual inquiry in a rapidly growing and evolving field. The current demand for college graduates in computer science and related technical fields far exceeds the supply. "By graduating students in this critical field, many of whom will settle in the Baltimore-Washington area, Washington College is contributing to the economic development of the state of Maryland and to the needs of employers and the work force," said Joachim Scholz, Dean of the College. Students majoring in computer science will be required to complete eleven four-credit courses and either a substantial programming project or an investigation into a topic in theoretical computer science.
In addition to computer science and anthropology, the College has also recently implemented a program leading to certification in elementary education.
Students interested in these or other programs at Washington College should contact the Admissions Office, 1-800-422-1782, or visit the college Web site at www.washcoll.edu.