FSB in the Media: Making Grads Who Know How to Code

January 2017

FSB recently received some media attention from Poets & Quants for Undergrads.

An article by contributor Naomi Nishihara highlighted the fact that FSB first-year undergraduates are all now required to take a course in Javascript and SQL (Structured Query Language). ISA department chair Skip Benamati and Dean Matt Myers were both quoted in the piece.

Coding classes have been offered for years here at FSB, but only recently were made mandatory. These courses can help students learn how to think critically to solve problems, not to mention that coding is now a must-have skill for those students entering the workforce.

“What we’ve discovered,” Dean Myers said, “is that coding really has value across all our different majors, and even into our MBA program.”

A lot of the reasoning behind why learning these languages is crucial for today’s students is because employers simply want grads who can code. The idea is that if students know at least one coding language, they’ll be able to pick up others easily, making them more desirable in the job market.

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