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 2013-14)
  • BIOL 368 Developmental Neurobiology
  • BIOL 379 Behavioral Genetics
  • BIOL 386 Neurobiology (Not offered in 2013-14)
  • CGSC 100 Evolution and Mind (Not offered in 2013-14)
  • CGSC 100 Making Important Decisions
  • CGSC 236 Thinking, Reasoning, and Decision-Making (Not offered in 2013-14)
  • CGSC 330 Embodied Cognition
  • CGSC 380 Cognitive Development During the Preschool Years (Not offered in 2013-14)
  • CGSC 385 Cognitive Development in Middle Childhood (Not offered in 2013-14)
  • CGSC 386 Adolescent Cognitive Development: Developing an Identity and Life Plans
  • CS 254 Computability and Complexity
  • CS 321 Artificial Intelligence
  • CS 322 Natural Language Processing
  • CS 361  Evolutionary Computing and Artificial Life (Not offered in 2013-14)
  • ECON 265 Game Theory and Economic Application
  • ECON 266 Experimental Economics (Not offered in 2013-14)
  • 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 2013-14)
  • LING 275 First Language Acquisition (Not offered in 2013-14)
  • LING 315 Topics in Syntax  (Not offered in 2013-14)
  • LING 316 Topics in Morphology (Not offered in 2013-14)
  • LING 317 Topics in Phonology (Not offered in 2013-14)
  • LING 325 Syntax of an Unfamiliar Language
  • LING 340 Topics in Semantics (Not offered in 2013-14)
  • MUSC 227 Introduction to the Perception and Cognition of Music
  • PHIL 100 Science, Faith & Rationality
  • PHIL 112 Mind, Matter, Consciousness (Not offered in 2013-14)
  • PHIL 212 Epistemology (Not offered in 2013-14)
  • PHIL 223 Philosophy of Language
  • PHIL 225 Philosophy of Mind (Not offered in 2013-14)
  • PHIL 228 Heaps of Liars
  • PSYC 216 Behavioral Neuroscience
  • PSYC 220 Sensation and Perception
  • PSYC 234 Psychology of Language (Not offered in 2013-14)
  • PSYC 238 Memory Processes
  • PSYC 250 Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC 258 Social Cognition
  • PSYC 362 Psychology of Spoken Words (Not offered in 2013-14)
  • PSYC 366 Cognitive Neuroscience
  • PSYC 371 Evolutionary and Developmental Trends in Cognition
  • PSYC 372 Perceptual and Cognitive Expertise
  • PSYC 375 Language and Deception
  • SOAN 260 Myth, Ritual, and Symbolism
  • SOAN 274 Language, Culture and Society (Not offered in 2013-14)