Why Are College Students Required to Take a Computing Course?

I’m in my Junior year at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio—majoring in Marketing with a minor in Entrepreneurship. I’ve learned that knowing how to use Microsoft Excel, Access and Word is very important in today’s technologically-driven business world.

Take the lessons you learn from Computing courses with you beyond college.

Take the lessons you learn from Computing courses with you beyond college.

At Miami, all freshmen are required to take an intro to computing course called CSE 148. CSE stands for Computer Science Engineering. The thought  of taking this course initially freaked me out—I was totally intimidated—but luckily, we were assigned a project using Microsoft Word on the first day of class that seemed pretty easy. When I finished, I thought, “Oh, this class will be a breeze.” Two weeks later, we moved on to Excel. We learned so many different equations—I was shocked the program offered so many ways to solve problems. It was an interesting and useful course.

So, why does this matter? Now I’m interning with Cengage in their marketing department. I use Word and Excel every day to complete projects, and I take advantage of the more complex features in these programs to get my work done. My knowledge from that computing course has enabled me to finish these projects quickly and on time. I’ve been able to teach my instructors shortcuts with Excel and blow them away.

With today’s society being so technologically driven, it’s crucial to learn Excel and Word. These are so important when it comes to the business and marketing world.

What did you think of your college computing course? Share your experience in the comments.

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