Why Study Computing at Winthrop
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Dept. of Computer Science & Quantitative Methods
315 Thurmond Building
Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
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Why Study Computing at Winthrop


Videos of Our Students' Work

Winthrop's Internet of Things Hack-a-Thon, Spring 2018, sponsored by Comporium (4:08, youtube.com)
Students in Rock Hill's 3D printing competition, Fall 2018 (2:20, youtube.com)
DIFD Seniors present their projects at Red Ventures' headquarters, Spring 2019 (41:00, youtube.com)


 

Top 5 Reasons to be a Computing Major at Winthrop University

 

Jobs

Our graduates get great jobs! Many of our seniors have multiple job offers months before graduation. Starting salaries range from $50K to $75K; based on major, GPA, and extra activities on your resume. Nearly 100% of our graduates accept a full-time position within three months of starting their job search.

Options

We offer three computing majors at Winthrop: computer science, digital information design, and computer information systems. Not sure which one is right for you? That's okay because they all start with the same freshmen programming courses. So if you change your major after a couple of semesters of taking specialized courses for your major, most of your courses still count toward another degree and your graduation is not delayed.

Opportunities

We provide you with a variety of opportunities to engage with your discipline outside of your coursework. Top employers want to see that you did more than the minimum for four years, which is to complete your courses. They want to see on your resume an internship, or research project, or leadership in club, or a service project, or competition in a hack-a-thon, or anything else. Our job is to provide you with opportunities to build your resume. It is your job to jump into something you find interesting.

Professors

At Winthrop, our computing professors' primary responsibility is teaching, not research funding. They are all experts in the topics they teach. At large universities your freshmen and sophomore computer science classes would probably be taught by graduate students, not real professors. At Winthrop, all your computer science classes, even your freshmen classes, are taught by full-time professors. All our faculty devote regularly scheduled hours each week outside of classes to help you with your coursework. Our computer science faculty members have won awards for their teaching, research, and service.

Size

Winthrop is large enough to provide you with many opportunities, but not so large that you will get lost in the crowd. Your largest computer science classes with have about 30 students. Some of your senior elective courses might have just 10 students. Your professors will know you. They will know your career plans and can connect you to employers and alumni to help you get an internship or paid summer research position. 

 

Computing Science majors and Finance majors competing together.
San Diego, CA, Spring 2020
Students at Contest
Dr. Besmer - 2019 Winthrop Outstanding Junior Professor
Left to Right : Provost, Dept Chair, President, Besmer, Dean
Doctor Besmer
Retired professor Dr. Thacker with 2019 graduate Matea Milojkovic Thacker and Matea
Computer Science senior projects presentations - Spring 2018. CSCI 476 presentations
Internet of Things Hack-a-Thon - 2018. Internet of Things Hack-a-Thon
UPE Computer Science Honor Society - 2018 UPE Induction Ceremony
DIFD Seniors presenting their projects in the conference room of a software development company - 2017. DIFD Seniors

Last Updated: 2/19/20