CS + X Degree Programs
The University of Illinois has designed an innovative degree option, called CS + X, that allows students to pursue a flexible program of study incorporating a strong grounding in computer science with technical or professional training in the arts and sciences.
Computing is ubiquitous, with application areas in virtually any field imaginable – from developing gene-sequencing algorithms, to designing methods for high frequency trading, creating computer-generated graphics and special effects, analyzing social data from internet communications, and creating embedded real-time systems for medical devices.
In fact, according to the National Science Foundation, "[K]nowledge of computer science and computer programming is becoming a necessary skill... in marketing, advertising, journalism, and the creative arts."
After earning their CS + X degrees, our graduates are poised to launch their careers or pursue graduate studies in a wide variety of fields.
CS + X Programs:
- Computer Science + Advertising
- Computer Science + Animal Sciences
- Computer Science + Anthropology
- Computer Science + Astronomy
- Computer Science + Chemistry
- Computer Science + Crop Sciences
- Computer Science + Economics
- Computer Science + Geography & Geographic Information Science
- Computer Science + Linguistics
- Computer Science + Music
- Computer Science + Philosophy
"The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign is updating and reinvigorating a number of traditional majors by combining them with computer science. The reasoning is that liberal-arts, arts, and agricultural fields increasingly encompass data analysis that requires computer-science skills.”
The Chronicle of Higher Education
"Like a number of colleges across the country, the University of Illinois is ramping up its efforts to equip students with the ideal combination of strong technology acumen and solid creative and interpersonal skills – a combo that many employers say they want in their new hires. ”
U.S. News & World Report
CS Undergraduate Degree Options FAQ
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