JBU Adds Bachelor's Program in Artificial Intelligence

JBU Adds Bachelor's Program in Artificial Intelligence

SILOAM SPRINGS, Arkansas (Feb. 19, 2024) — John Brown University announced a new undergraduate degree in artificial intelligence, beginning in the fall of 2024, making it the first Christian university in the U.S. to offer a bachelor's in the field.

According to Bloomberg Intelligence, the current generative AI market is approximately $40 billion and is expected to grow to $1.3 trillion by 2032. While AI has come to the forefront of more discussions with the public launch of programs like ChatGPT, it has been in use for decades, and most people use it every day without thinking about it. AI impacts everyday life, from real-time traffic monitoring in navigation apps to smart-home devices, search engine algorithms, banking fraud alerts and spell-check software.

“AI has enormous potential to improve health care, make education more accessible, improve economic health, increase online child safety and much more,” said Ted Song, Ph.D., JBU’s chief innovation officer. “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.”

JBU added a minor in artificial intelligence in 2023, but with the growing interest in the field, the university has made it available as a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree. Only about a dozen universities in the U.S. offer a full bachelor’s degree in artificial intelligence, instead many colleges only offer a concentration or certification within a broader computer science based degree.

Students in JBU’s AI degree program 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,” said Justus Selwyn, Ph.D., chair of the computer science department. “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." For more information about the program, visit jbu.edu/majors/artificial-intelligence or email Justus Selwyn at jselwyn@jbu.edu .

John Brown University is a leading private Christian university, training students to honor God and serve others since 1919. Arkansas’ top-ranked university (The Wall Street Journal) and top-ranked regional university (U.S. News), JBU enrolls more than 2,200 students from 37 states and 42 countries in its traditional undergraduate, graduate, online and concurrent education programs. JBU offers over 50 undergraduate majors, with top programs including nursing, psychology, business, computer science, construction management, graphic design, family and human services, and engineering. Eighteen graduate degrees are available in business, counseling, cybersecurity, and education.

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