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Cognitive Science Minor

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Affiliation: Interdisciplinary Studies

Our cognitive science minor is the interdisciplinary study of the mind and its processes — how and why we think the way we think. Perhaps one of the most interdisciplinary fields offered at Truman, cognitive science lies at the crossroads of neuroscience, philosophy, linguistics, psychology, anthropology and artificial intelligence.


  1. A 2.00 GPA in minor requirements.
  2. At least nine hours of the program requirements must be completed at Truman State University.
  3. No more than two (2) courses counted for the minor may double-count for the student’s major (this does not include capstone or internship courses).
  4. Students who double major may double-count up to two (2) courses from each major.
  5. One JINS course may be counted toward the minor and that JINS course can also be used to meet Dialogues requirements.


The only required course in the minor is IDSM 431, 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 in three (3) different areas of focus distributed 2-2-1.


  • Credit(s): 1
  • 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: 0-4 hours
    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

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