Identifying Factors that Influence Undergraduate Women to Leave (or Remain in) Computer Science Majors


The share of women in computing careers is significantly lower than the share of women in the United States workforce. This study seeks to examine the social, structural, and individual factors that influence the decision-making of undergraduates who identify as women to leave or remain in computer science-related disciplines. This research explores the broader computer science discipline including related disciplines such as cybersecurity, management information systems, business analytics, and information technology (IT) innovation. There have been studies targeting specific majors, but the categorization of computer science majors is not always reflective of all computing majors. It is imperative that research is performed to determine factors that could provide a more inclusive academic environment in these majors in hopes that higher education institutions can retain more students who identify as female.

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