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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-20th 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.

The department also offers a Honors B.S. in Cognitive Science, as well as a Linguistics major.

AREAS OF STUDY

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

CAREER OPTIONS

  • Audiologist
  • Counselor or Social Worker
  • Data Analyst
  • Medical/Healthcare Professional
  • Philosopher
  • Psychology
  • Research Scientist
  • Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Psychologist

GRADUATE PROGRAMS

  • Audiology
  • Computer Science
  • Data Science
  • Medical School
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Speech Language Pathology

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.

Get Involved

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

CGSC170

 

Introduction to Cognitive Science
CGSC485

Seminar in Cognitive Science

 

ENGL110

Seminar in Composition

 

LING101

 

Introduction to Linguistic

PSYC100

 

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

Go Global at UD

This major is eligible for the following programs:

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