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KU Newsletter (june 2016)
Software Course Required for All KU Students from Spring 2016

In March 2016, Konkuk University (KU) established the Sanghuh College of Liberal Arts, named after the university’s founder Dr. Seok-chang Yoo. As part of a revamped curriculum, the requirement for liberal arts courses increased from 15 to 23 academic credits for students entering KU from the spring semester of 2016. Furthermore, all of the students must take foreign language, career development, and software-related courses prior to graduation.

In this context, KU introduced the “Computational Thinking” course for the software requirement. All students entering KU from Spring 2016 are expected to take the course regardless of their major. The course is designed to help students learn and train in logical and algorithmic thinking, and encourages students to analyze and solve problems using information technology. Through basic programming language and methodologies, students will be able to create an algorithm and learn programming with Scratch.

“Through the software course, students will gain knowledge necessary to understand information technology in the era of globalization,” said Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Sang-Gi Min, who also serves as the dean of the Sanghuh Liberal Arts College. “They will obtain an ability to understand issues from various perspectives as well as problem solving skills that are required to become leaders in the society.”