Computer Science

Wellesley's First CS Senior Poster Fair

Wellesley's senior computer science majors come together to present technical projects and topics in a poster presentation format, allowing peers and those interested to participate in a technical forum and exchange cool ideas.


Wellesley Hosts WHack!

Wellesley hosts its first 24-hour hackathon: WHack! Eight teams composed of students from multiple disciplines arrived at the Science Center on Saturday morning for introductions and opening remarks. Coding began at 1 p.m. and ran for 24 hours—fueled by free pizza and periodic workshops by computer science faculty and Rosie staff members—before Sunday afternoon presentations to the Rosie team. Apps were judged for viability, creativity, and quality of the team presentation. Read more here


Members of WHack's winning teams!
Students hack away at WHack
Happy WHack teams
Happy Hour of Code volunteers
Hour of Code inspires
Hour of Code with students and professors
Wellesley Women at Grace Hopper Celebration 2013
CS Internship Panel with over 95 attendees
Stephanie Lee presenting her talk on her experience with GirlsWhoCode
Wellesley Team takes First Place in Programming Competition
Summer 2012 - a break from CS research
Lecturer in CS: Dr. Latanya Sweeney
First CS Hackathon with CS349
Members of the Wellesley Human Computer Interaction (HCI) Lab
Wellesley at the MIT Lincoln Lab // photo by Taili Feng, CS ' 13
Summer research presentations // photo by Wendy Xu, MAS '13
Orit Shaer’s new HCI research and teaching lab

Welcome to Wellesley's Computer Science Department!

These pages serve a broad audience:

  • Wellesley students exploring the possibility of taking a CS course
  • a current CS student looking for detailed information about major/minor requirements, courses, or research
  • a prospective Wellesley student (or relative of one) seeking to better understand the role of computer science education in a women's liberal arts college
  • a prospective faculty member looking for a job
  • anyone who is curious to find out more about the range and content of our offerings.

Our department was established in 1982, with its first graduates getting their degrees in 1983! Take a look at the Brief History of CS at Wellesley to learn more about how the department grew.

The CS department is made up of faculty with a range of research interests and a dedication to teaching undergraduates. We have developed a broad and complete curriculum that covers the "big ideas" of computer science from hardware to software and from application to theory. Our goal is not to teach students how to use current computer applications, but rather to educate them so that they understand how these applications work and can design and build the computer applications of the future.

Brian TjadenCirque du CSSmiling CS StudentsLyn Turbak with StudentsHappy CS Students

What's Up?



Wellesley seniors majoring in CS present tecnical posters at Wellesley's first CS Senior Poster Fair, April 16th.



Now offering new courses "Computing and Life" (CS249) and "Quantifying Data Privacy" (CS349) this semester!


MIT's App Inventor 2 launched last week, with 9 Wellesley students contributing to its improvements this past semester in MIT 6.s198 and in research projects.


This fall, Wellesley students participated in the Grace Hopper Conference, ICPC Programming Contest, and the Capture the Flag contest.


Contact Us


Ellen Hildreth
Department Chair 
Tel: 781.283.3025


Rita Purcell
Administrative Assistant 
Tel: 781.283.3151