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Is Silicon Valley Just For Engineers?  

No, tech companies need YOU, too!

Tech companies hire employees who understand human behavior and can help them solve real-world social problems. The College of Social Sciences and College of Engineering have teamed up to create a new minor degree, Applied Computing for Behavioral and Social Sciences, for students majoring in social science disciplines such as psychology, economics, sociology, behavioral science, and more. Applied Computing courses will help students apply aspects of computer programming to solve social science questions and problems. We encourage you to register for Applied Computing courses if you're interested in leveraging your social science degree in the tech-centric world of Silicon Valley or enhancing your own research potential. Applied Computing courses will provide an introduction to programming that will allow you to:

  • Apply computer programming to real-world social problems

  • Learn from and network with social scientists working in research and the tech industry

  • Add highly marketable skills to your resume

  • Get one step closer to landing a good job in Silicon Valley and seeing your SJSU education pay off

For information on how to apply to the minor, see our FAQ page. If you have additional questions, please contact Professor Valerie Carr ( or Professor Farshid Marbouti (

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This ACBSS Program is supported by a
National Science Foundation IUSE
(Improving Undergraduate STEM Education) grant.