Centenary University to Launch New Computer Science Major Supported by Google
Through a private college consortium, the University will collaborate with Google and nationally recognized partners to offer industry-relevant academic program.
HACKETTSTOWN, NJ, April 30, 2021—Centenary University is collaborating with Google and a host of private colleges on a new computer science major inspired by some of the greatest minds in the field. Google has agreed to support the new major with members of the Lower Cost Models for Independent Colleges Consortium (LCMC), comprised of over 90 private colleges and universities—including Centenary—dedicated to offering high-quality and more affordable educational programs to a diverse student body. Centenary University plans to roll out the computer science major beginning in the fall 2021 semester.
“This computer science major is an extraordinary opportunity for Centenary University faculty to collaborate with the world’s leading technology firm to bring our students an academic program that is highly relevant in today’s job market,” said Dr. Amy D’Olivo, vice president for academic affairs. “The collaboration with Google signals to potential employers that our alumni are graduating with practical skills that can make an immediate impact on the job.”
The curriculum, which integrates coursework from Centenary’s business and data analytics programs, has also been informed by one of the leading technology educators in the country, University of Michigan Professor Dr. Charles Severance (Please click here for more details on the collaborative Computer Science major). Computer proficiency has increasingly become a must-have skill for new hires across all industries, according to Dr. Severance: “This curriculum is designed to not only prepare students to work in the technology sector, but to teach students from a more diverse set of backgrounds key technical concepts that are critical to professional success, regardless of one’s chosen field.”
Centenary University President Bruce Murphy, Ed.D., noted that collaborations with leading industry partners represent the wave of the future for higher education: “Increasingly, universities aren’t limited to the intellectual capital on their own campuses. Technology allows us to tap the resources of top minds from around the world. Smaller private universities, like Centenary, can take this knowledge and move quickly to adapt our courses, producing graduates with marketable skills that are in great demand by employers.”
For more information about Centenary’s new computer science major, contact Cheryl Veronda, chair of the Centenary University Business Department, at
Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary University’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix provides an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world. The University’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township. The Centenary University School of Professional Studies offers degree programs in Parsippany, as well as online and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.