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University Launches Degree Program Pairing Liberal Arts with Computer Science

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A new degree program at Dominican University of California aims to provide students with both the technical and the soft skills they need to succeed in the workplace. The program combines a liberal arts or pre-professional degree with a computer science minor, with curriculum informed by input from employers such as Facebook, Lyft and LinkedIn.

The computer science minor is being offered through an "incubation partnership" with Make School, a San Francisco startup offering non-traditional coding education programs. Through its partnership with Dominican, Make School was recently accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges for its two-year bachelor's degree in applied computer science.

"We don't believe that students should have to choose between the long-term benefits of a college degree and the technical skills that will support career success," said Dominican President Mary B. Marcy, in a statement. "This new program will enable our students to tap the insight and expertise of practitioners at the world's leading tech firms without sacrificing the holistic student engagement that is a hallmark of a great liberal arts education, and indeed the hallmark of the Dominican Experience."

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