The interdisciplinary CDT minor offers a foundation in all facets of technology—from technology development and management and cyber security to the digital arts and humanities. CDT will enrich your liberal arts education, broaden your perspectives, and give you skills and experience that employers value tremendously. In fact, the CDT program was designed from the beginning with input from College of Arts and Letters alumni who are now leaders in the technology industry.
The Advisory Perspective
No matter which path students choose to pursue, the CDT minor is an exciting option, said Rob Cain ’91, principal, IT Strategy and Enterprise Architecture Practice for PwC, and a member of the CDT advisory committee. “It is no longer possible to separate technology from any commercial or academic pursuit,” said Cain, who majored in English at Notre Dame. “In many cases, they are integrated and inseparable. However, it is very easy to separate those people who can humanize technology and speak to it with fluency from those who cannot. ”
Kevin Laracey ’86, who majored in American studies and computer applications, also served on the CDT advisory committee. Kevin, who co-founded Paydiant Inc. knows firsthand how valuable the combination of liberal arts and technology skills can be. “My Arts and Letters education has been an essential component of my success as an entrepreneur, technologist, and executive in public and private companies for more than 20 years,” he said. “In the tech world, perhaps more than any other, change is a constant. A liberal arts background gives students a versatile skill set that prepares them to adapt, thrive, and lead in any circumstance.”
An Employer's Perspective
The top employer of Arts and Letters graduates is Epic, a software development company in the healthcare industry.
“We are specifically interested in hiring liberal arts graduates,” said Mara Oyster, a recruiting manager at Epic. “Given the skills that students develop in a liberal arts program, we have always been willing to train our new hires in the technical skills they will need. But the CDT program will open up additional doors for Arts and Letters graduates, even here at Epic, as well as giving students a better understanding of their career options.”
CDT Gives You an Edge
Whether you are looking to further your education in a graduate or professional program or find a job immediately after graduation, the skills and knowledge you develop in the CDT program will give you an important edge.
From the executive director of the Mozilla Foundation, who majored in history, to the cofounder of Paypal, a philosophy major, tech industry leaders across the country are stressing the importance of a liberal arts education.
As Kevin Laracey said, “All executives are looking for recruits who not only have the necessary technical skills, but also the ability to think critically and creatively, to analyze data, and most importantly, have the highly developed communication skills necessary to persuade and inspire—exactly the combination of skills Arts and Letters students will hone in the Computing and Digital Technologies program.”
Check out the book by George Anders, "You Can Do Anything: The Surprising Power of a "Useless" Liberal Arts Education."