The digital age is here to stay, so some colleges are updating mandatory general education courses


Some say digital literacy should be required for undergraduates. Earning a college degree often involves completing a list of general education requirements. Aimed at turning out well-rounded graduates, the mandated curriculum can include groups of courses from a variety of disciplines—literature, philosophy, social and physical sciences, history, and foreign languages. As we continue on a track where technology powers everything from our toothbrushes to our textbooks, should computer science be added to the list? “Yes, it absolutely should be,” says Geoffrey Bowker, professor of informatics at the University of California—Irvine. “All aspects of our personal lives and our work lives are affected by computers. We need to know about the tools that we’re working with.”

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