About the Department
Computer Science is one of Smith College's youngest departments. Students choosing to major in computer science can look forward to a career in one of the many fields to which computer technology has become vital, including the sciences, arts and entertainment, banking and commerce, and of course the communication and computer industries themselves. Check our listing of recent job postings for examples of companies looking to hire our graduates.
For non-majors, we offer courses demystifying the inner workings of computers and the Internet. About thirty students a year take our course in interactive web design, providing them with bankable skills on the job market. For those interested in exploring a little bit further, we invite you to check out our courses on beginning programming, computer graphics, and artificial intelligence.
Computing and the Arts
Artistic applications of computing are a growing initiative in the department. In recent years we have added new minors in digital arts and digital music. Eitan Mendelowitz, the most recent addition to our faculty, specializes in the intersection of computing and the arts. In addition, visiting faculty and active interdisciplinary ties with related departments make this an exciting and vibrant area.
Computer Science students are very active in the department. Two liaisons attend department faculty meetings, and run monthly social gatherings such as movie night and game night. Many students work as teaching assistants, running help sessions, grading, and aiding students during teaching labs. Many students also do research as special studies, as research grant assistants, or as honors theses. Most faculty have summer research projects available for motivated and interested students. For more information, contact a faculty member as early as January of the spring semester.
Computer Science enjoys the use of several dedicated classrooms and research facilities within the science center. Installed machines include dual boot linux/windows workstations as well as triple boot Macintosh computers. Our student lounge provides comfortable furniture, toys, and refrigeration for students looking for a break from their work. Students and faculty members pursue interdisciplinary research and class work using digital circuits and microprocessor kits; Lego robot arms; robot dogs, and mobile platforms; sensor modules, synthesizers, keyboards, for digital sound and music; a digital video camera and a Gypsy 3.0 wireless model motion capture system; and 3 3-D printer, a laser scanner and a laser cutter for rapid prototyping.
The Computer Science Department is a member of the Academic Alliance of the National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT).