Anderson University partners with Apple to offer minor in coding

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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be an estimated 1 million more computing jobs than applicants to fill them by 2020.

To help fill that need, Anderson University has joined with Apple to launch a minor in coding and app development for all students pursuing any major.

“We believe this opportunity will allow us to do something truly unique in liberal arts education and demonstrates Anderson University’s commitment to integrating the newest technologies with 21st century disciplines,” AU President Evans Whitaker said in a news release. “Our goal is to fully prepare our students for their careers, and having them learn a marketable and highly sought-after skill like coding will help them in whatever field they choose.”

The program will launch this fall and require students to complete 18 credit hours of coursework related to app design, web management, computer coding, and product development. That includes Apple’s Swift programming language and Xcode, a suite of app development tools.

“Students in any field will be able to bring the thinking skills and disciplinary expertise they learn from their major to this minor,” said Wayne Cox, dean of AU’s College of Arts and Sciences. “Then they can tailor the strengths gained from the coding minor in a way that enhances their marketability and gives them coding and development experience. And they’ll have a finished product that illustrates their abilities.”

In addition to the minor, the university plans to provide summer coding programs for K-12 teachers and students. It also plans to transform one of its existing Digital Media Labs into the App and Media Development Studio.

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