Agnes Scott College Announces New Interdisciplinary Minor: Foundations of Artificial Intelligence

Decatur, GA, May 29, 2019— Agnes Scott College's new interdisciplinary minor: Foundations of Artificial Intelligence begins fall 2019.

Agnes Scott faculty understand the rapid growth and implementation of artificial intelligence (AI) and the profound, and often unforeseen, effects on the way people live and interact with one another. They along with other industry leaders are realizing that they need to be informed by a variety of perspectives and disciplines to help assure that new forms of AI are serving society well—from driverless cars and robotic caregivers to programs that predict health outcomes, sentencing guidelines, credit risks and other technologies.

To work effectively on teams with computer scientists and neuroscientists, students of the liberal arts will also need some knowledge of programming, and the philosophical, psychological, mathematical and logical approaches to modeling and understanding intelligence. To meet this need, five faculty members in the departments of Math, Philosophy, and Physics & Astronomy, and the Neuroscience Program at Agnes Scott have established a new inter-disciplinary minor—Foundations of Artificial Intelligence beginning in fall 2019.

“We wanted to build on the fact that Agnes Scott is one of a small number of liberal arts colleges piloting a new two-semester computer science curriculum developed and supported by Google,” says Chris De Pree, Charles A. Dana Professor of Astronomy at Agnes Scott. Identifying and solving AI challenges will require the kind of knowledge and skills fostered by SUMMIT, Agnes Scott’s signature experience and innovative approach to the liberal arts. 

Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location—offering myriad social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Through SUMMIT, it provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics.