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 365 Topics in Neuroscience (Not offered in 2014-15)
  • BIOL 368 Developmental Neurobiology (Not offered in 2014-15)
  • BIOL 379 Behavioral Genetics (Not offered in 2014-15)
  • BIOL 386 Neurobiology
  • CGSC 100 Evolution and Mind (Not offered in 2014-15)
  • CGSC 100 Making Important Decisions (Not offered in 2014-15)
  • CGSC 236 Thinking, Reasoning, and Decision-Making
  • CGSC 330 Embodied Cognition (Not offered in 2014-15)
  • CGSC 380 Cognitive Development During the Preschool Years
  • CGSC 385 Cognitive Development in Middle Childhood (Not offered in 2014-15)
  • CGSC 386 Adolescent Cognitive Development: Developing an Identity and Life Plans (Not offered in 2014-15)
  • CS 254 Computability and Complexity
  • CS 321 Artificial Intelligence
  • CS 322 Natural Language Processing (Not offered in 2014-15)
  • CS344 Human-Computer Interaction
  • CS 361  Evolutionary Computing and Artificial Life
  • ECON 265 Game Theory and Economic Application
  • ECON 266 Experimental Economics (Not offered in 2014-15)
  • ECON 267 Behavioral Economics
  • EDUC 234 Educational Psychology
  • LING 216 Generative Approaches to Syntax
  • LING 217 Phonetics and Phonology
  • LING 265 Language and Brain (Not offered in 2014-15)
  • LING 275 First Language Acquisition
  • LING 315 Topics in Syntax 
  • LING 316 Topics in Morphology
  • LING 317 Topics in Phonology
  • LING 325 Syntax of an Unfamiliar Language (Not offered in 2014-15)
  • LING 340 Topics in Semantics (Not offered in 2014-15)
  • MUSC 227 Introduction to the Perception and Cognition of Music (Not offered in 2014-15)
  • PHIL 100 Science, Faith & Rationality
  • PHIL 112 Mind, Matter, Consciousness
  • PHIL 212 Epistemology (Not offered in 2014-15)
  • PHIL 223 Philosophy of Language (Not offered in 2014-15)
  • PHIL 225 Philosophy of Mind
  • PHIL 228 Heaps of Liars (Not offered in 2014-15)
  • PSYC 216 Behavioral Neuroscience
  • PSYC 220 Sensation and Perception
  • PSYC 234 Psychology of Language (Not offered in 2014-15)
  • PSYC 238 Memory Processes (Not offered in 2014-15)
  • PSYC 250 Developmental Psychology (Not offered in 2014-15)
  • PSYC 258 Social Cognition
  • PSYC 362 Psychology of Spoken Words (Not offered in 2014-15)
  • PSYC 366 Cognitive Neuroscience
  • PSYC 371 Evolutionary and Developmental Trends in Cognition (Not offered in 2014-15)
  • PSYC 372 Perceptual and Cognitive Expertise (Not offered in 2014-15)
  • PSYC 375 Language and Deception (Not offered in 2014-15)
  • PSYC 378 Consciousness
  • SOAN 260 Myth, Ritual, and Symbolism (Not offered in 2014-15)
  • SOAN 274 Language, Culture and Society (Not offered in 2014-15)