Over the course of three decades, the computer science department at Washington and Lee has built a curriculum that provides outstanding computer science education in a liberal arts setting. We offer students courses in all of the major areas of computing, as well as opportunities to participate in several ongoing research programs sponsored by our faculty.
Beginning students take a two-semester introductory programming sequence course in the Python language, where they become proficient in problem solving and developing software using the latest and most advanced programming techniques. They then take courses in software development with Java, computer organization (assembly language and C programming), programming language design, and algorithm analysis. Electives in many areas are then available. You can enter the honors program and write a senior thesis if you qualify.
Research areas included robotics, web applications, digital humanities, and genetic programming. The department also has strong interdisciplinary ties to such areas as neuroscience, engineering, mathematics, business administration, and digital humanities.
Faculty sponsor student research with summer internships, and you can also find summer opportunities at other universities, in government, or in the private sector. Some graduates have been admitted to some of the top graduate schools in the country. Other graduates use our aggressive career office and strong alumni network to find permanent employment in government or the private sector.
Students have majored in computer science and also majored in almost any other subject here. Many students have another science major, such as biology or physics; some have a second major in our commerce school, and a few have a second major in a subject like philosophy, classics, or theater. Students can also have a minor in a subject that offers one, where you take approximately one half of the courses required for a major. In all cases, we encourage our majors to pursue a broad sampling of subjects in the liberal arts, which we believe is the best way to get a true education.
We have a collegial and fun-loving group of students in the program at any given time, and our record of attracting women and students of underrepresented groups to the major is unsurpassed. Our majors, like other students, are involved outside the classroom in many extracurricular clubs, organizations, and athletic teams.
In short, if you want a first-rate computer science education at a first-rate liberal arts college, you should check out the computer science department at Washington and Lee. Please feel free to contact the department chair, Professor Ken Lambert at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have any questions.
Computer Science Department Blog
Monday, May 21, 2018
Spotlight on CSCI Major Truth Iyiewuare ’18
As graduation approaches, senior Truth Iyiewuare reflects on his time at W&L and on his personal growth and achievements. Click on the link below to learn more about Truth! https://columns.wlu.edu/no-longer-a-reluctant-leader/utm_source=homepage&utm_medium=features
Tuesday, May 08, 2018
2018 CSCI Senior Picnic
A couple of pictures from the Senior Picnic….thanks to Dr. Lambert for hosting!
Thursday, March 22, 2018
CS Major Nora Devlin ’19 reflects on her experiences at W&L
“Attending W&L has made me more conscious of societal issues and more confident in my own opinions and beliefs.” Junior Nora Devlin shares how being a part of the Washington & Lee community has shaped her views and given her a stronger personal identity. Click on the link below to learn more about Nora… […]
Monday, March 19, 2018
CS Major Collin Glatz ’20 will participate in the GAE Program
Collin Glatz, a sophomore at W&L and a double major in German and Computer Science, has plans to participate in the German American Exchange Internship Program (GAE) over summer 2018. The GAE program helps American students secure three-month long business internships in Germany. While there, they can work on their language skills while also gaining […]
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
CS Minor Beck Gillenhaal ’18 is NCAA Postgraduate Winner!
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) released its fall 2017 postgraduate scholarship winners and senior men’s soccer player Gillen Beck (Blacksburg, Va. / Blacksburg) was among the 58 Division I, II and III student-athletes that were recognized. Read the full story about Beck’s success here: https://columns.wlu.edu/wls-beck-receives-an-ncaa-postgraduate-scholarship/