Cognitive Science is an interdepartmental major, jointly administered by the Departments of Linguistics, Philosophy, and Psychology, and supervised by the Weinberg Institute for Cognitive Science Executive Committee.
Cognitive Science is an exciting, fast-growing, and revolutionary area of study which seeks to develop integrated explanations of mind, brain, and behavior. Drawing on concepts and methods from a range of related fields — including linguistics, psychology, philosophy, neuroscience, and computer science — Cognitive Science students acquire a truly interdisciplinary knowledge base and a multifaceted set of analytic skills.
As a Cognitive Science student at Michigan, you’ll examine the mind and brain from many perspectives, exploring how cognition is realized in humans, other biological systems, and even in machines. You’ll select one of four tracks of study — computation, decision, language, and philosophy— featuring an array of top-ranked programs, have access to world-class facilities, and learn from renowned faculty across the University.
The Cognitive Science major is intended for students interested in a natural or social science degree in the behavioral and brain sciences with a combined focus and breadth not accommodated by a major within any single department. The major is inherently multidisciplinary yet still affords students the opportunity to focus on their particular interests. The major includes a gateway course (COGSCI 200) among other core courses, a sequence of required courses in one of four parallel tracks of study, and electives selected from a list of approved courses.