Cognitive Science

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The field of Cognitive Science is concerned with the study of mental capacities such as language, spatial cognition, learning, and memory. It emerged as a new field in the 1970s and 80s at the intersection of formerly independent disciplines such as linguistics, cognitive psychology, artificial intelligence, and areas of neuroscience and philosophy, that came to share a common perspective on the mind, viewing it as a device capable of complex computations. This history has endowed Cognitive Science with a rich legacy of investigative methods, both theoretical and experimental.

Highlights of the Hopkins Program

The Cognitive Science Major provides both breadth and depth of expertise in the field. Students take courses in each of five subareas: Computation, Linguistics, Cognitive Psychology/Neuropsychology, Neuroscience, and Philosophy of Mind, and they specialize in any two of these subareas. The program positions students to compete effectively for admission to graduate programs in cognitive science or in any of the related traditional disciplines of computer science, linguistics, neuroscience, philosophy of mind, and psychology. It also prepares students for jobs in computational and clinical areas related to cognition and language.


Sample First Semester Schedule
  • An introductory course in Cognitive Science as such AS.050.101 Cognition or AS.050.105 Intro To Cognitive Neuropsychology or another 100 - level course
  • Consider studying foreign language at appropriate level
  • Consider Calculus I, AS.110.106 or AS.110.108, or Statistical Analysis I, EN.553.111
  • Two elective courses
  • Total 12-17 credits

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Skill Set

The “real world” skills you’ll develop with a major in Cognitive Science:

  • Explaining complex scientific research concisely
  • Working well with computers
  • Evaluating and interpreting events, information, and ideas
  • Using critical thinking skills to evaluate and solve problems

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