A new study found that 42 percent of the top 50 universities offer at least one class on blockchain or cryptocurrency.
Coinbase partnered with Qriously to ask students about their interest on crypto and blockchain. The survey of 675 U.S. students included a comprehensive review of courses at 50 international universities.
The analysis found that 42 percent of the top 50 universities offer at least one class on blockchain or cryptocurrency, and 22 percent offer more than one. The increasing offer of crypto-related courses is because universities are realizing students are highly interested in the subject.
Interestingly, the study found that students from a wide variety of majors —not only computer science— are interested in the distributed ledger technology. According to Coinbase, nearly half of all social science majors expressed interest in taking a crypto class.
The analysis also found that of the 172 classes listed by the top 50 universities, 15 percent were offered by business, economics, finance, and law departments, and four percent were in social science departments such as anthropology, history, and political science.
Universities are forming research centers and adding more crypto-related courses. Stanford is one of them. The university launched this summer the Center for Blockchain Research to bring together students and faculty from across fields to focus on blockchain and cryptocurrency studies.
Top 10 universities offering cryptocurrency and blockchain courses
Stanford University - 10 courses
Cornell University - 9 courses
University of Pennsylvania - 6 courses
National University of Singapore - 5 courses
University of California, Berkeley - 4 courses
University of California, Los Angeles - 3 courses
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich - 3 courses
Harvard University - 2 courses
Princeton University - 2 courses
New York University - 2 courses
Coinbase analyzed courses offered at the world’s top 50 universities as ranked by U.S. News and World Report: Best Global Universities 2018. The study focused on classes available to undergraduate-level students in the fall 2018 semester (or the most recent semester for which information was available online). The research excluded classes that are graduate-level only.
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