Concentration Requirements

Cognitive Science Concentration (CGSC)

Director: Professor Kathleen M. Galotti

Cognitive Science examines different approaches to questions concerning the nature of mind, the representation of knowledge, the acquisition, comprehension, and production of language, the development of learning and intelligence, the use of information to draw inferences and make decisions, and the assessment of "goodness of fit" between purportedly similar systems (e.g., the computer and the mind).

Exploration of some or all of these questions has been and is being undertaken in such disciplines as cognitive psychology, linguistics, philosophy, artificial intelligence, neuroscience, social cognition and others. The concentration in Cognitive Science therefore represents a formal means of bringing together students and faculty in different disciplines who share common interests. We seek to enrich the view provided by any one discipline through an exploration or the methodologies of others.

The concentration is designed for students majoring in psychology, philosophy, computer science, or linguistics (as a special major), although all students are welcome.

Requirements for the Concentration:

To encourage breadth within the concentration, normally no more than four courses taken from a single department may be counted toward the minimum eight required.


Course Term Grade(s) Credits Completed

CGSC 130



Two of the following:

LING 115

CS 111

PHIL 210







CGSC 232/233 or



                                                                        Total specified credits:  26

ELECTIVE COURSES - see current list on website.  At least 1 of the electives must be 300-level


Course Term Grade(s) Credits Completed













                                                                        Total elective credits:  24   



To ensure sufficient interdisciplinarity, NO MORE THAN 4 COURSES MAY BE TAKEN FROM ANY ONE DEPARTMENT OR PROGRAM. (For the purposes of counting, the Triad and the Dyad will count as as part of the CGSC program.)

  • BIOL 368 Developmental Neurobiology (Not offered in 2015-16)
  • BIOL 379 Behavioral Genetics
  • BIOL 386 Neurobiology
  • CGSC 100 Making Important Decisions
  • CGSC 236 Thinking, Reasoning, and Decision-Making (Not offered in 2015-16)
  • CGSC 330 Embodied Cognition (Not offered in 2015-16)
  • CGSC 380 Cognitive Development During the Preschool Years (Not offered in 2015-16)
  • CGSC 385 Cognitive Development in Middle Childhood (Not offered in 2015-16)
  • CGSC 386 Adolescent Cognitive Development: Developing an Identity and Life Plans (Not offered in 2015-16)
  • CS 254 Computability and Complexity
  • CS 321 Artificial Intelligence (Not offered in 2015-16)
  • CS 322 Natural Language Processing
  • CS 328 Computational Models of Complexity
  • CS 344 Human-Computer Interaction (Not offered in 2015-16
  • CS 361 Evolutionary Computing and Artificial Life (Not offered in 2015-16)
  • ECON 265 Game Theory and Economic Application (Not offered in 2015-16)
  • ECON 266 Experimental Economics (Not offered in 2015-16)
  • ECON 267 Behavioral Economics (Not offered in 2015-16)
  • EDUC 234 Educational Psychology
  • LING 216 Generative Approaches to Syntax
  • LING 217 Phonetics and Phonology
  • LING 265 Language and Brain
  • LING 275 First Language Acquisition (Not offered in 2015-16)
  • LING 285 Linguistics of Japanese Writing Systems
  • LING 315 Topics in Syntax  (Not offered in 2015-16)
  • LING 316 Topics in Morphology (Not offered in 2015-16)
  • LING 317 Topics in Phonology (Not offered in 2015-16)
  • LING 325 Syntax of an Unfamiliar Language
  • LING 340 Topics in Semantics
  • MUSC 227 Introduction to the Perception and Cognition of Music
  • PHIL 100 Science, Faith & Rationality (Not offered in 2015-16)
  • PHIL 112 Mind, Matter, Consciousness
  • PHIL 212 Epistemology (Not offered in 2015-16)
  • PHIL 223 Philosophy of Language
  • PHIL 225 Philosophy of Mind (Not offered in 2015-16)
  • PHIL 228 Heaps of Liars (Not offered in 2015-16)
  • PHIL 301 Irrationality
  • PSYC 216 Behavioral Neuroscience
  • PSYC 220 Sensation and Perception (Not offered in 2015-16)
  • PSYC 234 Psychology of Language (Not offered in 2015-16)
  • PSYC 238 Memory Processes
  • PSYC 250 Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC 258 Social Cognition (Not offered in 2015-16)
  • PSYC267 Clinical Neuroscience
  • PSYC 362 Psychology of Spoken Words (Not offered in 2015-16)
  • PSYC 366 Cognitive Neuroscience (Not offered in 2015-16)
  • PSYC 371 Evolutionary and Developmental Trends in Cognition
  • PSYC 372 Perceptual and Cognitive Expertise (Not offered in 2015-16)
  • PSYC 374 Applying Cognitive Psychology to Education
  • PSYC 375 Language and Deception (Not offered in 2015-16)
  • SOAN 260 Myth, Ritual, and Symbolism (Not offered in 2015-16)