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    Code as a Liberal Art

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    Rory Solomon
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  • Lang’s Code as a Liberal Art minor enables you to develop skills in code and computational thinking as tools for critical and creative inquiry and for better understanding how computational systems impact different aspects of society. Through discipline-specific projects, you gain coding skills to enhance your literacy in computational logic and to further your own creative practice. You explore algorithmic thinking and consider questions of access, equity, and social justice in relation to technological systems.

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    Big data and algorithmic processes structure almost all aspects of contemporary life. Students minoring in Code as a Liberal Art critique the effects of these processes. Through hands-on experience, you learn foundational skills in code and use computation as a tool to enhance your liberal arts education — to better analyze, communicate, create and learn. You are introduced to the theory and practice of computational thinking, and learn to code to help answer research questions and to express yourself creatively.

    In additional to practical coding skills, the minor provides you with a broader understanding of the historical and social factors that have led to the increasing presence of computational systems in our lives. You think critically about the ways humans interact with computation, including understanding its limits from philosophical, logical, mathematical, and public policy perspectives. Learn more about this program, find events, and explore resources at codeatlang.

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    Connecting to New York City

    While it offers the atmosphere and intimacy of a small college, Eugene Lang College is part of The New School, a major progressive university in New York City. The Code as a Liberal Art Minor introduces students to a variety of code-based researchers and practitioners through guest speakers and opportunities to participate in coding events around the city, including events sponsored by Data & Society, Processing Community Day NYC, and  Babycastles artist’s collective.

    Career Paths

    In Code as a Liberal Art courses you learn how to think critically about technology. You gain skills in code and computational thinking that prepare you for a wide range of careers including media production, software design/development, data journalism, advocacy, non-profit and community development work, as well as graduate study.

    If you are planning to go on to graduate study, consider applying to the accelerated BA/MA program, which enables you to earn graduate credits that will apply to both your Lang degree and a master’s degree at The New School.

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  • Featured Courses

    All students in the minor take Code as a Liberal Art, which provides an introduction to basic coding skills through a series of projects and examines how coding and computational thinking intersect with different disciplines and creative practices. Students can then choose among a number of rotating electives at Lang and Parsons. Recent courses include:

    • As software and digital machinery continue to mediate ever more aspects of human activity and the natural world, the majority of computer code driving these circulations remains hidden from public view: protected by proprietary software regimes and “black boxed” systems. This course will examine the...

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    • The internet, like many technologies, is often claimed to possess the power to collapse time and space. As emphasis is placed on the capacity of communication networks to erase distance, the physicality of the internet itself tends to disappear from public view and public concern. At the same time, ...

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    • This course provides an introduction to the foundational building blocks of software development, such as variables, control structures, data structures, and modular code organization. Coding work will be conducted using the Javascript programming language, and while examples and syntax will be spec...

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  • Learn from and work with faculty mentors from a variety of disciplines who are academic scholars and creative practitioners.

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