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Department of Computer Studies

Innovative Minds

The Department of Computer Studies at Kansas Wesleyan University will provide the student with an understanding of computers and their place in today’s society, while fostering an ethical and professional attitude. The Student Technology Assistants Program and internships with leading industries are exciting opportunities for the students.

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Major Options

Minor Options

  • Computer Technology
  • Computer Programming
  • Database Management
  • Science Technology (interdisciplinary)
  • Webpage Administration

What is Computer Science?

As the foundation for all computing, computer science is defined as “the study of computers and algorithmic processes, including their principles, their hardware and software designs, their [implementation], and their impact on society.” 

While this may be a common definition of computer science, education has adapted to accommodate the need for computers and computer skills in all industries around the world.  This has led to many different names for degrees, so it is doubly important to examine a curriculum and find one that matches your personal education and professional goals.  

Why a Computer Studies Degree from KWU?

Small Classes

Because of the small class sizes at Kansas Wesleyan, the Computer Studies faculty are able to work closely with the students and can provide their attention and assistance when it is needed.Our ratio of students to faculty in classes is 11:1, and our average class size is 10. We pride ourselves in knowing students’ names and working with individual studentsto meet their academic and career goals. The department is proud to offer current popular programming languages, as well as industry standard network administration and security curriculums on state-of-the-art equipment in dedicated computer labs. The department has a very strong placement rate of graduates into the field or in graduate school upon completion of degrees.

The Community

Our students are surrounded by a strong community at KWU as well as Salina.  Students regularly spend time after hours in our labs collaborating on projects and learning from each other, both peers in the classes and students across courses and years.  Salina proudly welcomes our students for internships, part-time jobs, and professional networking.


The placement rate after graduation for KWU is 98%Our students secure jobs in many different sectors that include education and both the public and private sectors, as well as graduate school. Students who are accepted into graduate school have attended both large and small universities and have been successful upon graduation.

For more information, contact Dr. Annie Hoekman, Associate Professor and chair of the Department of Computer Studies, or call 785-833-4441.

Mission Statement

The Computer Studies Department functions within Kansas Wesleyan University’s mission which “is to promote and integrate academic excellence, spiritual development, personal well-being, and social responsibility," while providing a vast array of excellent computer courses, to enhance the student’s education and prepare them for a career in programming, networking, web development, and computer forensics. The Computer Studies Department at Kansas Wesleyan University will challenge the student to develop a robust understanding of computers and their place in today’s society while fostering an ethical attitude with personal and professional development.

Program Goals

Students who complete the Bachelor of Science in Computer Studies should be able to:

  • Understand the major areas of computers and their application in today’s society
  • Develop critical thinking and problem solving skills in conjunction with ethical and moral standards
  • Recognize and transfer computer concepts to solve broader societal issues
  • Identify a personal or societal need and then develop, implement, and evaluate the technical solution