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John Brown University to Offer Bachelor’s Degree in AI

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John Brown University on Monday announced that it plans to offer an undergraduate degree in artificial intelligence beginning in the fall of 2024.

In a news release, the private school in Siloam Springs said it will be the first Christian university in the U.S. to offer a bachelor’s in the field. The university added a minor in artificial intelligence in 2023 but decided to offer a bachelor’s in response to growing interest in the field.

Only about a dozen universities in the U.S. offer a full bachelor’s degree in artificial intelligence, according to the release. Many colleges only offer a concentration or certification within a broader computer science-based degree.

JBU said its students can incorporate the AI degree with other academic interests such as business, data analytics, engineering, mathematics and natural sciences.

“The artificial intelligence major will teach students to think and solve real-world problems using logic and technology from a Christian worldview,” Justus Selwyn, chair of the computer science department, said in a statement. “In an era of rapid technological advancement, students passionate about innovations are welcomed to join our team to become AI technocrats and valuable solution providers to the dynamic world of AI.”

Ted Song, the university’s chief innovation officer, said,” AI has enormous potential to improve health care, make education more accessible, improve economic health, increase online child safety and much more. JBU’s Christ-centered approach to education will empower our alumni to enter the field, not just with technical skills but with a strong perspective on the ethical use of AI.”

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