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A Special Multidisciplinary Program

Cognitive Science is an emerging field that brings together various approaches to the study of human cognition, drawing from psychology, linguistics, neuroscience, philosophy and computer science. Historically, study in Cognitive Science has been conducted within these traditional disciplines and such study still represents important areas of research, as in cognitive psychology within psychology or artificial intelligence within computer science. However, increasingly many researchers and practitioners are feeling a need for a background that integrates basic knowledge in the foundational disciplines and prepares them to work across academic fields.

The broad-based multidisciplinary degree program in Cognitive Science develops and provides a thorough foundation in the study of cognitive science, drawing in perspectives from computer science, linguistics, philosophy, and psychology; and to provide a foundation in cognitive science

What You Can Do

Pursue jobs in business and industry where a multidisciplinary background is highly desirable

Pursue graduate education in:

  • cognitive science
  • Computer Science
  • Linguistics
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology

Interesting Classes You Might Take

  • Topics in Cognition, Perception, and Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Introduction to Logic
  • General Phonetics
  • Critical Thinking and Computer Science

What You Can Learn

  • Problem-solving strategies, algorithm design, and data abstraction
  • Principles of operation of the human memory system
  • Sensory and perceptual processes in vision, touch and hearing
  • Integration of quantitative and expert knowledge with the computer for improving the decision-making process

Contact Information

Sean Fulop (Current Chairperson)
PhD, Linguistics, UCLA
Associate Professor of Linguistics
Office: Peters Business 423

Phone: 559.278.4896