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Computer Science Minor?

I've been up on Treehouse for a few months now and I love it. However, I'm currently a college student as well. A few weeks back, I read an article were Treehouse's Nick Pettit said that majoring and studying computer-related areas can sometimes be a little bit of a waste, considering the world of technology is always changing. How many of you have actually considered a CS minor or major while in college to boost your knowledge? If so, do you think it complements well with what we learn here?

2 Answers

James Barnett
James Barnett
39,199 Points

CS teaches you how to think about / solve problems in an algorithmic way. If you want to make your own Ruby on Rails app or mobile app it can certainly help teach you the skills to attack problems.

Stone Preston
Stone Preston
42,016 Points

it depends. I was comp sci major for 2 years. Waste of time for me really. Lots and lots of theory, which does help and comes in handy some, but the amount of time you put into studying CS and what you get out...meh ive probably learned more from treehouse alone.

My data structures course was the only one that I really felt like I could use and do use a lot of. All the other courses were sort of behind the times which reflects what nick said (compiler theory, machine language..). All my professors learned c and fortran 30 years ago. so yeah. It does look REALLY good on your resume though for what its worth. you are very hireable with a degree in CS, but you may come out of it feeling like you dont know much about real world programming.

Ive sinced changed majors, but you should try taking the intro class and see what you think. Im sure a lot depends on your dept at your university. Depending on how the dept is you may really get your money's worth