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    Code as a Liberal Art

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    Todd Anderson
    Director and Assistant Professor of Code as a Liberal Art
    andersts@newschool.edu

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  • Lang’s Code as a Liberal Art minor enables you to develop skills in code and computational thinking as tools for critical and creative inquiry and for better understanding how computational systems impact different aspects of society. Through discipline-specific projects, you gain coding skills to enhance your literacy in computational logic and to further your own creative practice. You explore algorithmic thinking and consider questions of access, equity, and social justice in relation to technological systems.

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    Big data and algorithmic processes structure almost all aspects of contemporary life. Students minoring in Code as a Liberal Art critique the effects of these processes. Through hands-on experience, you learn foundational skills in code and use computation as a tool to enhance your liberal arts education — to better analyze, communicate, create and learn. You are introduced to the theory and practice of computational thinking, and learn to code to help answer research questions and to express yourself creatively.

    In additional to practical coding skills, the minor provides you with a broader understanding of the historical and social factors that have led to the increasing presence of computational systems in our lives. You think critically about the ways humans interact with computation, including understanding its limits from philosophical, logical, mathematical, and public policy perspectives. Learn more about this program, find events, and explore resources at codeatlang.

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    Connecting to New York City

    While it offers the atmosphere and intimacy of a small college, Eugene Lang College is part of The New School, a major progressive university in New York City. The Code as a Liberal Art Minor introduces students to a variety of code-based researchers and practitioners through guest speakers and opportunities to participate in coding events around the city, including events sponsored by Data & Society, Processing Community Day NYC, and  Babycastles artist’s collective.

    Career Paths

    In Code as a Liberal Art courses you learn how to think critically about technology. You gain skills in code and computational thinking that prepare you for a wide range of careers including media production, software design/development, data journalism, advocacy, non-profit and community development work, as well as graduate study.

    If you are planning to go on to graduate study, consider applying to the accelerated BA/MA program, which enables you to earn graduate credits that will apply to both your Lang degree and a master’s degree at The New School.

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  • Featured Courses

    All students in the minor take Code as a Liberal Art which provides an introduction to basic coding skills through a series of projects, and examines how coding and computational thinking intersect with different disciplines and creative practices. Students can then choose among a number of different rotating electives at Lang and at Parsons. Recent courses include:

    • One goal of a liberal arts education is to learn ideas and ways of thinking necessary to function in society. As the importance of computational systems spreads into every domain of modern life, code is no exception.

    • This class is a survey course to live coding methodologies, artists, and techniques and introduces live coding as an interdisciplinary approach to making work. Live coding is a performance practice that involves real-time composition, usually with the use of computer programming.

    • Building on existing anthropological, media studies, and urban studies research about infrastructures and digital technologies, this seminar-workshop will engage with NYC’s forthcoming plan to help us better understand the processes by which technical and social infrastructures are designed and buil...

  • Learn from and work with faculty mentors from a variety of disciplines who are academic scholars and creative practitioners.

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