About Computer Science

Computer science students at Illinois Wesleyan gain a broad understanding of the capabilities and limitations of computing technologies, how to solve problems and assess end-user needs, and how to adapt to changes in hardware and software technologies, as well as applications.



Foundational Approach

What sets Illinois Wesleyan's computer science program apart is its foundational approach to computing within the context of a liberal arts curriculum. 

The computer science course of study focuses on the context in which computers and computing structures exist in today's rapidly changing technological environment.

This approach produces computer science graduates who can more readily see relationships between computing and organizational/ societal problems, and needs and issues, setting them apart from those whose training is limited to more technically-oriented skills. 

Student Success: Alan Russian, Software Engineer at Google

Alan Russian interns at GoogleRussian first applied for an internship at Google in 2013, but didn’t get an interview. He did receive an offer to intern at Boeing, where he gained the experience he would later need for his Google internship.

"My job at Boeing helped me a lot," said Russian. "Google actually emailed me over the summer inviting me to reapply. I did, and eventually got my internship offer." And his internship led to a permanent job offer from Google. Read the story about Russian's internships.

Alumni Spotlight: Karl Pierburg, Senior Director of Football Systems

Currently in his 12th season with the Atlanta Falcons, Karl Pierburg has a career uniting two passions: football and solving complex problems with IT. He first came to Illinois Wesleyan to become a math teacher, but changed focus when three things happened junior year: he was elected Captain of the football team, he added a CS major to his math degree, and after a summer internship, Karl decided to go into IT consulting. After graduation, he worked for Greenbrier & Russel and later for "his team"—the Chicago Bears, where his IT work supported college scouts with data collecting and curating, reporting, and custom-built software.

Karl talks about what he learned at Illinois Wesleyan, both in the classroom and on the football field. He also points out the surprising benefits of playing football at a Division III school.