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Cognitive Science

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science


An interdisciplinary study of the mind


Cognitive Science is the interdisciplinary study of the mind as an information processor. It is a relatively new discipline that arose in the mid-twentieth century from a convergence of conceptual  revolutions primarily in psychology, computer science and linguistics. Today it also draws from fields such as philosophy, neuroscience and anthropology. A central goal of cognitive science is to determine structures and processes that underwrite cognitive tasks such as perception, memory, attention, language and motor control. This, in turn, plays an important role in applied research areas such as artificial intelligence, educational psychology, the science of language and communication.

Areas of study

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Audiology
  • Cognition
  • Communication Disorders and Speech/Language Pathology
  • Logic and Computation
  • Mind and Brain
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Science of Language


Career Options

  • Audiology
  • Counseling
  • Data Analyst
  • Government Jobs
  • Medical Professions
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Research Scientist
  • Speech Language Pathology

Graduate Programs

  • Audiology
  • Speech Language Pathology
  • Medical Professional
  • Research Scientist
  • Data Analyst
  • Counseling
  • Government Jobs

What’s special about this program?


Our undergraduates have pursued a broad range of degrees at both the master’s and Ph.D. levels. Examples include audiology, cognitive science, computer science, linguistics, medicine, neuroscience, nursing, occupational therapy, public health administration, speech/language pathology, philosophy and psychology. Cognitive science prepares students with a solid educational foundation in human cognition and considerable skills in scientific reasoning, critical thinking and clarity of expression. We have an excellent record of graduate placement and success.

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Honors B.S. in Cognitive Science

Undergraduate Research   

The Phonology/Phonetics Lab

The Experimental Psycholinguistics Lab

Child’s Play, Learning, and Development Lab

The Language and Cognition Lab

UD Chapter of the National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association

Sample Curriculum



Introduction to Cognitive Science

Seminar in Cognitive Science



Seminar in Composition




Introduction to Linguistic



General Psychology

University Breadth Course


A Selection of Pre-Approved Foundational Courses in the Following Areas:

  • Introductory course in biology with a lab Introductory course in statistics
  • Introductory course in computer science, logic, or science of language
  • Advanced course in cognitive psychology or cognitive science course


Area of Specialization Requirement:

  • Computational, Mathematical, and Logical Foundations of Cognitive Science
  • Philosophical Foundations of Cognitive Science
  • Psychological Foundations of Cognitive Science
  • Science of Language
  • Pre-Professional Speech/Language Pathology

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