May 25, 2018  
2014-2015 General/Graduate Catalog - Expires August 2020 
2014-2015 General/Graduate Catalog - Expires August 2020 [Archived Catalog]

Cognitive Science Minor

Affiliation: Interdisciplinary Studies


The only required course in the minor is IDSM 400, taken after the student has completed the bulk of the other courses in the minor. A capstone related to the minor is also required. Students choose from the Areas of Focus below a total of 15 credits, with courses at the 300-level in at least three (3) different areas of focus. No more than two (2) courses counted for the minor may be used to satisfy the student’s major requirements (this does not include capstone or internship courses). Students who double major may use up to two (2) courses from each major to satisfy the minor requirements.

READINGS: (1 credit)

  • IDSM 400 - Readings in Interdisciplinary Studies Credits: 1 to 3
  • After having completed at least nine (9) credits, and preferably twelve (12) credits, in the minor, students create and submit a reflective essay geared toward the following:

    1. synthesizing the threads of cognitive science in their program of study to date, and
    2. demonstrating the contribution of their specific coursework and research (and internship experience, if any) to their understanding of the field of cognitive science.

    This essay is prepared in consultation with one faculty member of the Cognitive Science Minor Committee or a faculty member that the committee designates.

CAPSTONE: (0 to 4 credits)

In the interest of realizing coherence and advanced research activity in the program of study, students complete either (1) a cognitive science-related capstone in their home major, (2) an independent, mentored, cognitive science capstone project, or (3) a for-credit internship in a cognitive science-related field. Projects and internships satisfying this component of the minor are subject to the approval of the Cognitive Science Minor Committee.

AREAS OF FOCUS (15 credits)

Area I: Computational Cognition