Amanda Steffey, Division Ski Racer and Boston College Student interviews Andrew who goes to Eastern Arizona College majoring in computer information systems. Andrew talks about how Minecraft led to programming and how he wants to have an independent study to build cryptocurrency . Student demand for courses on Bitcoin and its underlying technology, the blockchain, is putting elite U.S. universities under pressure.
Students from all disciplines are rushing to sign up for courses that cover technical concepts underlying Bitcoin and Ethereum, such as decentralized consensus, append-only ledgers, smart contracts, and zero-knowledge proof systems. Students are also seeking to gain working familiarity with cryptocurrencies through practical assignments. Nathaniel Popper wrote in a New York Times an article entitled “Cryptocurrencies Come to Campus,” describing the extent to which courses on cryptocurrencies are attracting students across elite institutions such as Cornell, Duke, Carnegie Mellon, the University of Maryland and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Requests for courses on cryptocurrencies are skyrocketing. According to Popper, David Yarmack, a business law professor at New York University, has been offering courses on Bitcoin since 2014. Most recently, when he booked a lecture hall for 180 students, he found out that 225 students had registered. He had to move to a larger lecture hall. Spots to study about virtual currencies are becoming in short supply all over academia.
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