See the major requirements and minor requirements for more information on courses in other areas that are relevant to cognitive studies.

  • CGSC 100: Cognitive Development in Childhood

    This Argument and Inquiry seminar will focus on the cognitive changes experienced by children in the preschool and elementary school years, in such realms as perception, attention, memory, thinking, decision-making, knowledge representation, and the acquisition of academic skills. Weekly observation at local day care centers or elementary schools will be a required course component.

    6 credits; Argument and Inquiry Seminar, Writing Requirement; offered Fall 2023 · Kathleen Galotti
  • CGSC 130: Revolutions in Mind: An Introduction to Cognitive Science

    An interdisciplinary study of the history and current practice of the cognitive sciences. The course will draw on relevant work from diverse fields such as artificial intelligence, cognitive psychology, philosophy, biology, and neuroscience. Topics to be discussed include: scientific revolutions, the mind-body problem, embodied cognition, perception, representation, and the extended mind.

    6 credits; Social Inquiry; offered Fall 2023, Winter 2024, Spring 2024 · Jay McKinney
  • CGSC 232: Cognitive Processes

    Cross-listed with PSYC 232. An introduction to the study of mental activity. Topics include attention, pattern recognition and perception, memory, concept formation, categorization, and cognitive development. Some attention to gender and individual differences in cognition, as well as cultural settings for cognitive activities. A grade of C- or better must be earned in both Psychology/Cognitive Science 232 and 233 to satisfy the LS requirement.

    Prerequisites: Psychology 110, Cognitive Science 100, Cognitive Science 130 or instructor permission concurrent registration in Cognitive Science 233. 6 credits; Science with Lab, Writing Requirement; offered Winter 2024 · Kathleen Galotti
  • CGSC 233: Laboratory in Cognitive Processes

    Cross-listed with PSYC 233. Students will participate in the replication and planning of empirical studies, collecting and analyzing data relevant to major cognitive phenomena. A grade of C- or better must be earned in both Psychology/Cognitive Science 232 and 233 to satisfy the LS requirement.

    Prerequisites: Concurrent registration in Cognitive Science 232 Psychology 110, Cognitive Science 100, Cognitive Science 130 or permission of the instructor 2 credits; Science with Lab, Quantitative Reasoning Encounter; offered Winter 2024 · Jay McKinney
  • CGSC 236: Thinking, Reasoning, and Decision Making

    An examination of the way people think and reason, both when given formal laboratory tasks and when facing problems and decisions in everyday life. Students consider their own reasoning and decision making through course exercises. Topics include models of formal reasoning, decision making, heuristics and biases in thinking and problem-solving, moral reasoning, improving skills of higher order cognition.

    Prerequisites: Psychology 110 or Cognitive Science 100 or 130 not offered 2023–2024
  • CGSC 253: Philosophy of Cognitive Science

    A study of the central theories, methodological and philosophical issues and major competing paradigms regarding the nature of human cognition. Topics to be treated include: the history of cognitive science as a science, and the context through which we think about mental representations, intentionality, consciousness, the use and importance of language, nativism and externalism in the cognitive sciences, embodied cognition and the constitutive roles of culture and evolution in shaping cognitive processes.

    Prerequisites: Cognitive Science 130 or instructor consent 6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, Writing Requirement; offered Spring 2024 · Jay McKinney
  • CGSC 330: Embodied Cognition

    This seminar will consider recent work in philosophy, cognitive science and linguistics critical of views of human cognition as “disembodied” and Cartesian. Philosophical sources of the early critiques of symbolic AI and “cartesianism” will be considered (Merleau-Ponty, Dewey), as will the enactive (Cuffari, Di Paolo, and De Jaegher) and ecological (Chemero, Cowley, Steffensen) critiques of language, and current work on embodied cognition by Eleanor Rosch, Hubert Dreyfus, John Haugeland, Andy Clark and Evan Thompson. The seminar will include materials relevant to students in philosophy, linguistics, psychology and cognitive science.

    Prerequisites: Cognitive Science 130, or Cognitive Science/Psychology 232 or permission of the instructor. not offered 2023–2024
  • CGSC 336: Moral Thinking, Reasoning, and Decision Making

    In this seminar course we will examine how children, adolescents, and adults confront moral dilemmas, reason about ethical issues, and decide on a course of action when challenged by confounding questions. Topics include the development of moral reasoning, gender difference in moral reasoning, socio-cultural influences on moral reasoning, and how moral issues intersect with other realms of decision making. We will examine work by Lawrence Kohlberg, Carol Gilligan, Eliot Turiel, and Jonathan Haidt. As a seminar, the emphasis will be on discussion. Course requirements include regular attendance and participation, preparing and leading class discussions, short reaction/reflection papers, and a final paper. 

    Prerequisites: Cognitive Science 130 or Cognitive Science 232, 236 or any 200-level course in Psychology or instructor consent not offered 2023–2024
  • CGSC 340: Phenomenology and Cognitive Science

    This course will provide an in-depth study of phenomenology, covering both its history and contemporary debates, and phenomenology-inspired research in cognitive science, psychology and neuroscience. Roughly half the course will be devoted to the history of phenomenology, setting the main views within their historical context and explaining how these views respond to the difficulties of their predecessors. The other half will discuss contemporary philosophical debates and scientific research involving phenomenological approaches.

    Prerequisites: Cognitive Science 130 required, 200-level Cognitive Science, Psychology or Philosophy course recommended 6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry; offered Fall 2023
  • CGSC 382: Cognitive Development in Children and Adolescents

    This seminar will focus on the cognitive changes experienced by children in the preschool, elementary, and middle school years, in such realms as perception, attention, memory, thinking, decision-making, knowledge representation, and the acquisition of academic skills. Weekly observation at local day care centers or schools will be a required course component. The seminar will be discussion-based and participants will take turns making presentations and leading discussions. 

    Prerequisites: Psychology 250, Cognitive Science 232, Psychology 232 or instructor consent not offered 2023–2024
  • CGSC 394: Collaborative Research in Cognitive Science

    This course will be centered around a collaborative research project in cognitive science. Students enrolled will meet with the instructor to complete background readings and discussions, then will create recruiting materials, consent forms, IRB applications, debriefing statements, stimuli, and task instructions. They will then gather data from research participants and participate in data entry, analysis, and writing up the results. This course may be repeated multiple terms. Prerequisites: Cognitive Science 233 or Psychology 233 2 credits; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2023, Winter 2024, Spring 2024 · Kathleen Galotti
  • CGSC 396: Directed Research in Cognitive Studies

    Senior majors in cognitive studies will work with the instructor to develop a thesis proposal for their comps project.

    Prerequisites: Cognitive Science 130, Cognitive Science/Psychology 232/233 and Psychology 200/201 or instructor consent 3 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2023, Winter 2024, Spring 2024 · Kathleen Galotti