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What is Cognitive Science?

Cognitive science brings the insights and methods of natural science, social science, and certain of the humanities to the study of the mind. The cognitive science major at Case is inherently interdisciplinary, anchored in a comprehensive program of four core courses that introduce a wide range of relevant methods, empirical data, and theories that drive and define this field. Students are encouraged to combine their core training in cognitive science with a range of electives drawn from resources across all faculties and schools.

Why should I add a minor in Cognitive Science?

The minor program in cognitive science offers many students at Case a valuable additional option in planning students’ undergraduate studies; a degree in cognitive science, even as a minor, will broaden the choices available to students when they graduate. The minor option also allows students who want to study quite disparate fields – for instance, music and cognition – a better opportunity to acquire the necessary background. The minor program requires students to take two of the four courses in our core program (6 credits): COGS 101 (Introduction to Cognitive Science), and one of COGS 102, 201, or 202. In addition, students also take three COGS courses at the 200 or 300 level (9 credits) for a total of 15 credits. This provides a good basic grounding in the field, and allows students to narrow the exposure to the aspects of the field most relevant to students’ other academic interests, if desired. Individual programs can be developed in consultation with the chair of the department.