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Non-CS degree holders, what did you study in college?

Ben Halpern
Co-founder of Forem, always a code newbie.
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My official degree is: Bachelor of Arts, with a Major in Commerce and a minor in Canadian Studies.

Within "commerce" I studied a variety of business and organizational structure disciplines, with a focus on marketing.

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Chris Anderson

Not sure if this counts, but I have both an associate's and bachelor's degrees in Information Technology. There were programming courses in the curriculum. I initially had a career as an IT Manager but decided I preferred writing code and made the change.

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Brenda Michelle

I have a BA in Sociology 🙂

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Ben Halpern Author

Any parts of a sociology degree help you in software development today?

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Brenda Michelle

Maybe the research I had to do during uni 🤔. It has helped me in self-learning a lot. I do a lot of research to find the best resources to build my own curriculum.🙂

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Tony Cimaglia

I never actually finished my bachelor's, but I studied Film and Video. I've thought about going back to finish as a CS major if I can ever convince a company i work for to pay for it 😝.

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Ben Halpern Author

I studied some film and video in college. Did you try to get into that industry before getting into coding?

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Tony Cimaglia

I started to lose my passion for the medium the more I studied. Once I realized what working in that industry was actually gonna look like (90hr weeks, no time for family, etc.) I was completely off the idea.

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My official degree is BFA: "Bachelor of Fine Arts." But it hasn't helped me to tell anyone that. In fact, I got more jobs when I took it off my resume. I studied painting and printmaking at CCA(C) in Oakland, CA.

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holly boyles

I was a registered dental assistant. I am not working on my associates degree in programming.

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jordanaf808

Liberal Arts Yo! (associates degree...)

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Monique

I didn't finish my degree, but it was Media Communications with an emphasis on Audio Production. If I were to go back, I think I would try to finish that degree.

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Lennie

Surprised to see that I'm the first music major to respond. When I started I thought I would be unique for my background. Turns out it's pretty common for music majors to pivot to a career that actually provides sustainable income (unless you're a symphony musician, but that's not most of us). Music can still be what I do in my free time, but I need something else to pay the bills!

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Kedasha

I studied Social Work in college and have worked primarily in Government & non-profit industries

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Mike Ekkel

BS in UX/UI Design which isn't too far off from what I do right now since it's the same industry, just different work. Wouldn't trade it for a CS degree because it's given me so much knowledge and experience about great user experiences.

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Molly Struve 🦄 (she/her)

Aerospace Engineering 🚀

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Andrew Baisden

Wow so you worked on the development of aircraft and spacecraft. The perfect field for a programmer. Reminds me of the NASA Perseverance rover which just landed on Mars and all of the programming that it must have taken to get it there.

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Shannon Crabill

I have a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design.

I mostly use my degree to make memes at this point.

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Robert Lipscomb

BS in Electrical Engineering and an MBA. I graduated high school in 1980. I think if I had graduated 5 or 6 years later I would have studied CS. Computer Science before 1980 meant you would probably be sitting in an air-conditioned environmentally controlled room with a bunch of mainframes doing who knows what.

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Untung So Andryanto

I studied Aerospace Engineering.

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Pauline

BSc in International Business Administration and a MSc in Marketing Management 😅

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Vaidehi Joshi

E N G L I S H 💁🏽‍♀️

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Ben Halpern Author

English seems to have really set you apart in your particular career. Learning necessary CS as you go or as a component of getting into tech deliberately seems pretty standard, but few folks would find the justification to deliberately study english any time after school.

So seems like doing things in that order is a pretty decent recipe for success.

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Arit Amana

BSc in Biology, Minor in Chemistry 😄

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arvindsridharan

Whatever one has studied, the universal language is coding. Arts can get into front development. Commerce guys can code business logic.

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Kyle R. Conway

Oddly relevant things!

BA - Management & Theater (double major)
MA - Theatre
PhD - Fine Arts

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Gift_Tanakan

Airlines Business management. Glad, I didn't stay long on that path.

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ender minyard

Applied Math! Still took CS courses for electives.