AU’s Coding and App Development Minor and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate will teach students the principles of coding and app design and development using the Swift programming language and the Xcode software development tool. Students from any major will develop knowledge and skills critical for jobs in software development and information technology.
The College of Arts and Sciences developed these offerings with AU’s Center for Innovation and Digital Learning (CIDL) in collaboration with Apple. The Coding and App Development programs cover the basics of coding, design, and product development. In the minor’s capstone experience, students work collaboratively to produce their own app that addresses a real-world need, challenge, or problem.
Open to all majors
Code is the language used to run the devices and the apps you interact with in your daily life. This minor will help you better understand what is behind those systems and be able to shape what they do.
The Coding and App Development minor is open to students within all majors. It comprises 18 credits and has no prerequisite courses to get started. It will provide you with the principles of coding and app design and development using Swift (the language of choice for iOS) and Xcode (a suite of app development tools).
Your classes will be delivered through the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and South Carolina School for the Arts.
Learn to code, collaborate
AU is a leading innovator in mobile learning. Acting on its “Everyone Can Code” philosophy, Apple and AU have formed a partnership that provides you with a unique opportunity.
Apple assisted AU in mapping out a minor designed to give you the knowledge and skill required for careers in software development and information technology. All the content to teach coding, including instructor guides and coding curriculum, is free and provided through Apple’s App Development with Swift curriculum.
While pursuing this minor, you’ll not only learn to code, but you’ll acquire a skillset that’ll serve you well in any environment. Throughout the curriculum, you’ll study:
- Foundations of code and logic that will help you create your own code
- Critical thinking and problem-solving skills that equip you to address real-world solutions
- Human-centered design – how humans interact with technology (crucial for app development)
- Collaboration and teamwork – you’ll serve with fellow students on a software-development team, working together to design an app for a client
Students in the Coding and App Development minor will be challenged to design apps that promote the ethical use of technology that values the human experience, demonstrates social responsibility, and reflects our humanity. AU’s Christ-centered values will provide you with a sturdy, culturally relevant basis upon which to build your body of tech knowledge.
What can you do with a background in Coding and App Development? Just about anything. Whether it’s designing solutions to newly defined problems or leveraging the use of big data, every company, institution and organization needs someone to write code in some capacity.
In every region of the country, there are more software developer openings than qualified people to ﬁll them. The jobs of the future will go to students who can combine technical skills with the others they learn from their major.