Texas A&M University Launches Its “First Ever” Bitcoin Course

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The world of crypto is quite intriguing. Terms like “ASIC,” “miner,” “hard fork,” “soft fork,” “51% attack,” “hash rate,” “difficulty,” etc. are tossed around by people on a daily basis. In fact, they’re a part of community members’ lingo. For an outsider, however, it might seem to be all Greek and Latin.

To help enthusiasts understand the space and the technicalities better, educational institutions have started curating tailor-made courses. Texas A&M University is the latest establishment to follow the trend.

Korok Ray, Associate Professor of Mays Business School at Texas A&M, recently took Twitter to reveal that he will be teaching the “first ever” Bitcoin class at the university. The Spring Semester starts tomorrow, January 17, and that’s when the “Bitcoin Protocol” course will also be rolled out.

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Course Explicitly Caters To Bitcoin

As part of this initiative, a “Bitcoin library” will also be built from scratch. Ray revealed that getting approval for the course was not straightforward. Elaborating on that and why integrating Bitcoin into the syllabus is crucial, the professor said,

“It took months to get this class approved, but we made it! Getting Bitcoin into the curriculum is important for the long game.”

A few from the community questioned Ray why the course was focussed only on Bitcoin. He justified the same by claiming that “other classes” already cover altcoins.

Clarifying if the course was designed for undergraduates or not, he tweeted:

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Well, this is not the first time that institutes are teaching students about cryptos like Bitcoin. SEC Chair Gary Gensler, for instance, taught classes about blockchain, digital currencies, and other financial technologies in 2018-19 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His lecture series was titled Blockchain and Money. Eventually, the entire lecture series was made available to the public.