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Computer Science and International Relations double major possible?

WinnieLWinnieL 2 replies1 threads New Member
Is it possible to do a double major in Computer Science and International Relations at Columbia U, given that each of this are from difference colleges (Engineering and Columbia)?
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  • 1NJParent1NJParent 1838 replies35 threads Senior Member
    Yes, but you have to take the Columbia College version of Computer Science. It has some differences and fewer CS requirements, but the basics are the same.
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  • WinnieLWinnieL 2 replies1 threads New Member
    But I wasn't able to find computer science courses in the Columbia College website. There is a Frontiers of Science course only...
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  • 1NJParent1NJParent 1838 replies35 threads Senior Member
    CS degrees are offered by both Columbia College (CC) and School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS). CC offers several versions of the BA degree while SEAS grants the BS degree:
    https://www.cs.columbia.edu/education/undergraduate/

    The two degrees have slightly different requirements. The CS courses the BA degree requires are basically just a subset of the courses the BS degree requires, but you're free to take the other courses on your own. Which ever degree you pursue, the courses are the same, offered by the same Computer Science Dept at SEAS. There's no separate CS dept at CC.
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  • WinnieLWinnieL 2 replies1 threads New Member
    Great, I understand now, thank you so much, that is really helpful!
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  • sgopal2sgopal2 3660 replies51 threads Senior Member
    Read the degree requirements carefully. Double major is difficult at Columbia. Mainly because of Core requirements. Trying to fit in all of the requirements for 2 majors + core is difficult. If you enroll in Columbia College instead of SEAS, you'll have the option of doing a concentration instead of a major.
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  • ccccguidegccccguideg 69 replies1 threads Junior Member
    There is a list of minors that you can do with a major in the engineering school and you would not even be able to minor in IR if you major in CS through SEAS.
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  • MorningsiderMorningsider 107 replies0 threads Junior Member
    What the other posters said, a double major is tough. Also, there is no International Relations major as such. You major in Poli Sci and focus on international-type courses. (Poli Sci, which was my major, was rightly considered a gut major in my time, but one still had to load up the courses). Also, IDK why you'd want to major in Comp Sci and Poli Sci. They don't really go together vocationally.
    To study international relations as an undergrad, Georgetown SFS or Woody Wu at Princeton would both be better than Columbia, I think.
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  • RiversiderRiversider 934 replies111 threads Senior Member
    For CS and IR combo, look at Johns Hopkins.
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