Cognitive Studies

The Cognitive Studies degree program offers an integrative approach to the study of human consciousness and cognitive processing. This program draws from fields including philosophy, computer science, psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, art, biology and physics. Cognitive Studies emphasizes strategies for investigating how biological and artificial brains solve problems. 

students in classWhere can our Cognitive Studies program take you?

Possible career paths/fields of work include marketing, computer programmer, consultant, intelligence analyst, telecommunications, information processing, medical analysis, data representation and retrieval, education, scientific research, multimedia design and software. 

Degrees and Programs

  • Bachelor of Arts, Ethnic Studies
  • Liberal Studies Concentration: Those majoring in Liberal Studies can complete their concentration in Ethnic Studies, Bilingual Crosscultural: Southeast Asian, or Bilingual Crosscultural: Spanish.
  • Minors in African American Studies, Chicano Studies, and Ethnic Studies
  • Social Sciences Concentration: Those majoring in Social Sciences can complete their concentration in Ethnic Studies.

Interesting classes you might take

  • Nonlinear Systems and Chaos
  • Philosophical Aspects of Cognitive Science
  • Seminar in Cognitive Studies
  • Introduction to Linguistic Theory
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Introduction to Physiological Psychology
  • Cognitive Processes Introductory Genetics

Course Spotlight

COGS 4100: Philosophical Aspects of Cognitive Science

Intensive examination of the conceptual foundations of Cognitive Science, with an emphasis on the philosophical aspects of current theoretical issues. Analysis will focus on behaviorism and functionalism as models for understanding human cognition. Constructive criticism of the representational model of mind; discussion of the significance of recent developments in neuroscience, and of the connectionist movement in artificial intelligence. 

What you can learn

  • The discipline’s central themes, including the view of consciousness as an information processing system, how consciousness arises from basic physiological processes, the emergence of patterns and adaptive pattern-recognition, and nonlinear dynamical methods for modeling complex systems
  • To examine issues associated with human/machine interfaces, exploring the basic processes of memory and decision 

What you can earn

  • System Management Engineer, $115,000
  • Mainframe Programmer, $87,000
  • IT Consultant, $96,000

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