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More Illinois universities adding digital currency classes


CHICAGO (AP) — Digital currency is becoming a fundamental part of some finance courses at Illinois universities.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the price of bitcoin increasing at more than $19,000 late last year led many people on quests for fortune and better understanding of the potential gold strike. Public interest of bitcoin has lingered even as its price has come down, but many experts remain apprehensive about bitcoin's long-term prospects.

Now some Illinois professors are altering lesson plans that before just grazed the subject of digital currency, while other schools are offering entire courses on bitcoin and blockchain, the technology underlying digital currencies.

DePaul University assistant professor Lamont Black says digital currency has become a core concept in courses that cover money, banking and capital markets.

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