Cognitive Studies

Additional Information on the Cognitive Studies program

The coordinate major in cognitive studies combines a regular major with a curriculum in three tracks: formal disciplines, philosophical foundations and psychology. The program is designed to provide basic knowledge of current research on mind, cognition, and language.

The Cognitive Studies major consists of ten courses of which six are required and four elective. At least one elective must be in each of the three component tracks. With the director’s consent, work in a different but relevant discipline may be substituted for, at most, one elective course. It is suggested that students interested in philosophy take an introductory course, preferably Philosophy 104, Beginning with Minds.


Required Courses (Six courses, two in each track)
I. Formal Disciplines Track
II. Philosophical Foundations Track
III. Psychology Track
And one of the following:
Electives (four courses, a minimum of one in each track)
I. Formal Disciplines Track
II. Philosophical Foundations Track
III. Psychology Track