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ACM Transactions on Computing Education (TOCE), Volume 10 Issue 1, March 2010

Guest Editors’ Introduction: Computer Science in the Liberal Arts
Doug Baldwin, Alyce Brady
Article No.: 1
DOI: 10.1145/1731041.1731042

For many people, computer science is not closely associated with the liberal arts. Yet “liberal arts” can denote a philosophy of education that emphasizes broadly preparing students for all aspects of their future lives, and as...

Computer Science and the Liberal Arts: A Philosophical Examination
Henry M. Walker, Charles Kelemen
Article No.: 2
DOI: 10.1145/1731041.1731043

This article explores the philosophy and position of the discipline of computer science within the liberal arts, based upon a discussion of the nature of computer science and a review of the characteristics of the liberal arts. A liberal arts...

A History of the Liberal Arts Computer Science Consortium and its Model Curricula
Kim B. Bruce, Robert D. Cupper, Robert L. Scot Drysdale
Article No.: 3
DOI: 10.1145/1731041.1731044

With the support of a grant from the Sloan Foundation, nine computer scientists from liberal arts colleges came together in October, 1984 to form the Liberal Arts Computer Science Consortium (LACS) and to create a model curriculum appropriate for...

Case Studies of Liberal Arts Computer Science Programs
D. Baldwin, A. Brady, A. Danyluk, J. Adams, A. Lawrence
Article No.: 4
DOI: 10.1145/1731041.1731045

Many undergraduate liberal arts institutions offer computer science majors. This article illustrates how quality computer science programs can be realized in a wide variety of liberal arts settings by describing and contrasting the actual programs...