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Stories We Tell Course Pairing

Computer Science Through Programming (CS 151)

Introduces students to problem solving with the fundamentals of programming, enabling them to decompose complex problems into elementary steps for effective implementation in a modern programming language. Students work with numeric and textual data, procedural programming with conditionals and loops, basic linear data structures, and on testing their solutions. Problems may draw on topics in computer security, data encoding, graphics, games, financial analysis, physical models, and others. Provides a general survey of some of the major areas of computer science, such as digital logic, software engineering, computer graphics, artificial intelligence, theory of computation, object-oriented programming, and ethical and societal issues in computing.

Faculty Biography

Dr. Sibren Isaacman is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science department. He researches the application of computing in real-world settings like weather prediction or power-performance trade-offs in model devices. His passion for teaching stems from a joy in watching students make connections between classroom material and the students' lived experiences. 

Complicating the Classics (EN 101)

This English course cultivates reading, writing, thinking, and oral communication skills by investigating the kinds of attention that literary texts, in multiple genres, ask of readers. The topics for this course is "complicating the classics" which will investigate major pieces of writing, considered canonical literature, and the literary responses to those classics, usually in the form of other literature. In reading these pieces, we'll discuss what shapes the values and attitudes of writers and thinkers of the past and how these new visions of these literary classics help to inform who we are today. 

Faculty Biography

Dr. Victoria Barnett-Woods is a lecturer in the English department, where she specializes in literature of the long eighteenth century. 

Mentor Biography

Chad Williams-Bey hails from Hartford, CT. An alumnus of Howard University, he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science.  He furthered his education studying Counseling for Student Development in Higher Education at Central Connecticut State University and is pursuing his Doctorate in Higher Education. Chad previously served as a Resident Hall Director at Morgan State University in the Howard P. Rawlings Hall. Chad was also the past President of the Morgan State University Graduate Student Association.  Chad has always been an active servant leader. His areas of interests include mentorship, leadership development, HBCU’s (equity) and student programming. He enjoys spending time with his family, friends, traveling, politics and connecting with people from all walks of life. His favorite quote is “it’s supposed to hard, if it wasn’t, everyone would do it, the hard is what makes it great”. Chad is passionate about life and living it to its fullest. 

Virtual Advisor

Both courses satisfy core requirements for all students. CS 151 also recommended for students interested in Computer Science.  

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