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Curriculum

Effective Fall 2019

Grade Policies
    Cognitive Science majors must earn a grade of at least C- in all courses taken to satisfy the     requirements of the major (including the major gateway/prerequisite course, COGSCI 200).

Prerequisites
    1. COGSCI 200: Introduction to Cognitive Science completed with a grade of at least C-
        Students may declare the Cognitive Science major after they have completed COGSCI 200.
    2. Each track has prerequisites for that track's core courses. Courses used to satisfy track elective         requirements may have additional prerequisites.

Requirements
    Minimum Credits: 27

    The major is structured into four tracks, each representing a major area of research within     contemporary cognitive science.

        Each track consists of:
             1. Three required courses
             2. Six electives
                a. Four elective courses chosen from a track-specific list
                b. Two elective courses from any of the Cognitive Science tracks

The combined set of students' required and elective courses must be selected from a minimum of three departments.

Curriculum by Track

Computation & Cognition

Prerequisites

  • COGSCI 200: Introduction to Cognitive Science (gateway course)

Requirements

1. PSYCH 240: Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
    (Prereq: PSYCH 111, 112, 114, 115 or 116)

    OR

    PSYCH 345: Introduction to Human Neuropsychology
    (Prereq: PSYCH 111, 112, 114, 115 or 116)

2. EECS 281: Data Structures and Algorithms
    (Prereq: EECS 203: Discrete Math and EECS 280: Programming and Introductory Data Structures with a grade of at least C)

3. EECS 492: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
    (Prereq: EECS 281: Data Structures and Algorithms with a grade of at least C)

    OR

    EECS 445: Introduction to Machine Learning
    (Prereq: EECS 281 and MATH 214 or 217 or 296 or 417 or 419)

Electives

Choose Six electives selected from:

Four elective courses chosen from a track-specific list
Two elective courses from any of the Cognitive Science tracks

CMPLXSYS 270: Agent-Based Modeling

CMPLXSYS 501: Introduction to Complex Systems

COGSCI 209/LING209/PSYCH 242: Language and Human Mind

COGSCI 497: Directed Research for Cognitive Science

COGSCI 498: Independent Study for Cognitive Science

COGSCI 499: Senior Honors Research for Cognitive Science

EECS 376: Foundations of Computer Science

(Prereq: EECS 280; and one of EECS 203, or MATH 465 or 565)

EECS 442: Computer Vision

(Prereq: EECS 281; (C or better) or Graduate Standing)

EECS 445: Introduction to Machine Learning

(Prereq: EECS 281 and (MATH 214 or 217 or 296 or 417 or 419); (C or better)

EECS 498: Special Topics , section titled "Reinforcement Learning"

EECS 498: Special Topics, section titled "Deep Learning"

EECS 595/LING 541/SI 561: Natural Language Processing

LING209/PSYCH 242/COGSCI 209: Language and Human Mind

LING 347/PSYCH 349: Talking Minds

LING 441: Introduction to Computational Linguistics

LING 442: The Anatomy of Natural Language Processing Systems

(Prereq: LING 441)

LING 447/PSYCH 445: Psychology of Language

(Prereq: PSYCH 240)

LING 541/EECS 595/SI 561: Natural Language Processing

(Prereq: Senior standing)

PHIL 303: Symbolic Logic

PHIL 340: Minds and Machines

PHIL 383: Knowledge and Reality

(Prereq: One Philosophy course completed with a minimum grade of C- or better)

PHIL 414: Mathematical Logic

PHIL 443: Foundations of Rational Choice Theory

PHIL 450: Philosophy of Cognition

PHIL 482: Philosophy of Mind

PSYCH 242/COGSCI 209/LING209: Language and Human Mind

PSYCH 330: Human Cognition Evolution

(Prereq: PSYCH 230)

PSYCH 345: Introduction to Human Neuropsychology

(Prereq: PSYCH 111, 112, 114, 115 or 116)

PSYCH 346: Learning and Memory

(Prereq: PSYCH 240 or 345)

PSYCH 347: Perception

(Prereq: PSYCH 230, 240 or 345)

PSYCH 348: Psychology of Thinking

(Prereq: PSYCH 240)

PSYCH 349/LING 347: Talking Minds

PSYCH 355: Cognitive Development

PSYCH 445/LING 447: Psychology of Language

(Prereq: PSYCH 240)

PSYCH 448: Mathematical Psychology

(Prereq: Sophomore standing or above and a minimum of two courses offered by either MATH (except MATH 105, 110, 127, and 128) or STATS (200 level and above).

SI 422: Needs Assessment and Usability Evaluation

SI 561/EECS 595/LING 541: Natural Language Processing

Decision & Cognition

Prerequisites

  • COGSCI 200: Introduction to Cognitive Science (gateway course)

Requirements

1. PHIL 361: Ethics

2. PHIL 443: Foundations of Rational Choice Theory
    OR
    PHIL 444: Groups and Choices

3. PSYCH 449: Decision Processes
 

Electives

Choose six electives selected from:

Four elective courses chosen from a track-specific list
Two elective courses from any of the Cognitive Science tracks

• CMPLXSYS 270: Agent-Based Modeling
• CMPLXSYS 501: Introduction to Complex Systems
• CMPLXSYS 391/POLSCI 391: Modeling Political Processes
• COGSCI 497: Directed Research for Cognitive Science
• COGSCI 498: Independent Study for Cognitive Science
• COGSCI 499: Senior Honors Research for Cognitive Science
• ECON 395: Risk and Uncertainty
• ECON 409: Game Theory
• ECON 490: Topics in Microeconomics, section titled "Behavioral Economics"
• ECON 490: Topics in Microeconomics, section titled "Ethics in Economic Behavior"
• MKT 313: Consumer Behavior
• PHIL 340: Minds and Machines
• PHIL 384: Applied Epistemology
• PHIL 414: Mathematical Logic
• PHIL 429: Ethical Analysis
• PHIL 443: Foundations of Rational Choice Theory
• PHIL 444: Groups and Choices
• PHIL 485: Philosophy of Action
• POLSCI 391/CMPLXSYS 391: Modeling Political Processes
• POLSCI 489: Advanced Topics in Contemporary Political Science, section titled "Collective Intelligence"
• POLSCI 490: Game Theory and Formal Models
• PPE 300: Introduction to Political Economy
• PSYCH 240: Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
• PSYCH 314: Positive Psychology
• PSYCH 335: Introduction to Animal Behavior
• PSYCH 345: Introduction to Human Neuropsychology
• PSYCH 346: Learning and Memory
• PSYCH 348: Psychology of Thinking
• PSYCH 389: Psychology and Law
• PSYCH 402: Special Problems in Psychology, section titled "The Compassionate Brain"
• PSYCH 402: Special Problems in Psychology, section titled "Decision Making in Real Life"
• PSYCH 443: Creativity
• PSYCH 446: Altruism
• PSYCH 448: Mathematical Psychology
• PSYCH 449: Decision Processes
• PSYCH 487: Current Topics in Social Psychology, section titled "Intelligence, Foolishness, and Strategic-Control"

 

Language & Cognition

Prerequisites

  • COGSCI 200: Introduction to Cognitive Science (gateway course)

Requirements

1. LING 313: Sound Patterns
    OR
    LING 315: Introduction to Syntax
    OR
    LING 316: Aspects of Meaning

2. PHIL 345: Language and Mind
    OR
    PHIL 409: Philosophy of Language
    OR
    PHIL 426/LING 426: Philosophy & Linguistic Theory

3. LING 347/PSYCH 349: Talking Minds
    OR
    LING 209/PSYCH 242/COGSCI 209: Language and Human Mind
 

Electives

Choose Six electives selected from:

Four elective courses chosen from a track-specific list
Two elective courses from any of the Cognitive Science tracks


• COGSCI 209/LING 209/PSYCH 242: Language and Human Mind
• COGSCI 497: Directed Research for Cognitive Science
• COGSCI 498: Independent Study for Cognitive Science
• COGSCI 499: Senior Honors Research for Cognitive Science
• EECS 595/LING 541/SI 561: Natural Language Processing
• LING 209/PSYCH 242/COGSCI 209: Language and Human Mind
• LING 313: Sound Patterns
• LING 315: Introduction to Syntax
• LING 316: Aspects of Meaning
• LING 342: Perspectives on Bilingualism
• LING 347/PSYCH 349: Talking Minds
• LING 394: Topics in Linguistics, section titled "Speech Errors"
• LING 351/PSYCH 344: Second Language Acquisition
• LING 352/PSYCH 352: Development of Language and Thought
• LING 412: Speech Perception
• LING 413: Speech Science
• LING 426/PHIL 426: Philosophy and Linguistic Theory
• LING 440: Language Learnability
• LING 441: Introduction to Computational Linguistics
• LING 442: The Anatomy of Natural Language Processing Systems
• LING 446: Comparative Linguistics
• LING 447/PSYCH 445: Psychology of Language
• LING 492: Topics in Linguistics, section titled "Language Variation and Social Cognition"
• LING 492: Topics in Linguistics, section titled "Perspectives on Bilingualism"
• LING 492: Topics in Linguistics, section titled "Introduction to Neurolinguistics"
• LING 492: Topics in Linguistics, section titled "Topics in Neurolinguistics"
• LING 492: Topics in Linguistics, section titled "Sign language Linguistics"
• LING 497: Capstone Seminar, section titled "Speech Perception"
• LING 541/EECS 595/SI 561: Natural Language Processing
• PHIL 345: Language and Mind
• PHIL 409: Philosophy of Language
• PHIL 426/LING 426: Philosophy and Linguistics Theory
• PHIL 446: Social and Political Philosophy of Language
• PHIL 482: Philosophy of Mind
• PSYCH 240: Introduction to Cognition Psychology
• PSYCH 242/COGSCI 209/LING 209: Language and Human Mind
• PSYCH 344/LING 351: Second Language Acquisition
• PSYCH 349/LING 347: Talking Minds
• PSYCH 352/LING 352: Development of Language and Thought
• PSYCH 445/LING 447: Psychology of Language
• PSYCH 447: Current Topics in Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience, section titled "Analyzing Language Usage, Acquisition, and Processing"
• SI 561/EECS 595/LING 541: Natural Language Processing
 

 

Philosophy & Cognition

Prerequisites

  • COGSCI 200: Introduction to Cognitive Science (gateway course)

Requirements

1. PSYCH 240: Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
    OR
    PSYCH 345: Introduction to Human Neuropsychology

2. PHIL 340: Minds and Machines
    OR
    PHIL 482: Philosophy of Mind

3. PHIL 303: Introduction to Symbolic Logic
    OR
    PHIL 305: Introduction to Formal Philosophical Methods
 

Electives

Choose Six electives selected from:

Four elective courses chosen from a track-specific list
Two elective courses from any of the Cognitive Science tracks

• COGSCI 209/LING 209/PSYCH 242: Language and Human Mind
• COGSCI 497: Directed Research for Cognitive Science
• COGSCI 498: Independent Study for Cognitive Science
COGSCI 499: Senior Honors Research for Cognitive Science
• LING 209/PSYCH 242/COGSCI 209: Language and Human Mind
• LING 316: Aspects of Meaning
• LING 447/PSYCH 445: Psychology of Language
• PHIL 303: Symbolic Logic
• PHIL 305: Introduction to Formal Philosophical Methods
• PHIL 340: Minds and Machines
PHIL 345: Language and Mind
• PHIL 356: Bioethics
• PHIL 361: Ethics
• PHIL 381: Science and Objectivity
• PHIL 383: Knowledge and Reality
PHIL 384: Applied Epistemology
• PHIL 413: Formal Philosophical Methods
• PHIL 414: Mathematical Logic
• PHIL 443: Foundations of Rational Choice Theory
• PHIL 446: Social and Political Philosophy of Language
• PHIL 450: Philosophy of Cognition
• PHIL 482: Philosophy of Mind
• PHIL 485: Philosophy of Action
• PSYCH 242/COGSCI 209/LING 209: Language and Human Mind
• PSYCH 345: Introduction to Human Neuropsychology
• PSYCH 346: Learning and Memory
• PSYCH 347: Perception
• PSYCH 348: Psychology of Thinking
• PSYCH 445/LING 447: Psychology of Language
• PSYCH 446: Altruism
• PSYCH 447: Current Topics in Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience, section titled "Consciousness and Cognition"
• PSYCH 448: Mathematical Psychology

 


Curriculum 2014-2018

Cognitive Science Major (Winter 2019-Summer 2019)

Effective Winter 2019

Advising
A three-tier advising system exists.

  • Peer advisors (Tier 1) will help majors select a major track, identify courses that suit their interests, and plan course schedules.
  • Students will meet with advisors in the major (student services staff; Tier 2) when declaring, making course substitutions, discussing transfer/study abroad credit evaluations, preparing major release forms, and more.
  • Students will meet with faculty advisors (Tier 3) for more detailed discussions about their undergraduate preparation, graduate school, and research opportunities (including possible post-graduate training opportunities). Faculty advisors are faculty in Linguistics, Philosophy, and Psychology.

Although all tracks are interdisciplinary, each has a particularly heavy concentration of courses in one of the sponsoring units, and advisors for a given track will be primarily selected from that unit:

  • Computation and Cognition
  • Decision and Cognition
  • Language and Cognition
  • Philosophy and Cognition

Advising appointments can be made here; or by contacting weinberg-institute@umich.edu

Grade Policies

Cognitive Science majors must earn a grade of at least C- in all courses taken to satisfy the requirements of the major (including the major gateway/prerequisite course, COGSCI 200).

Prerequisites

1. COGSCI 200: Introduction to Cognitive Science completed with a grade of at least C-
Students may declare the Cognitive Science major after they have completed COGSCI 200.

2. Each track has prerequisites for that track's core courses. Courses used to satisfy track elective requirements may have additional prerequisites.

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 27
The major is structured into four tracks, each representing a major area of research within contemporary cognitive science.

Each track consists of:

1. Three required courses
2. Six elective courses (chosen from a track-specific list)

The combined set of students' required and elective courses must be selected from a minimum of three departments.


Decision and Cognition Track

The study of decision and choice is a lively area of contemporary cognitive science inquiry. The Decision and Cognition track provides students with sustained, cohesive instruction in a single, important content area: contemporary approaches to decision-making and choice. Students are presented with theoretical approaches to judgment and decision-making from psychology, emerging neurocircuit models of reward and reinforcement from neurobiology, algorithmic models of planning and action selection from computer science, formal approaches to rational choice (e.g., rational choice theory and game theory) from philosophy and political science, and cutting-edge approaches to understanding irrationality from behavioral economics. Critical thinking skills are honed as students learn about a well-defined content area from diverse perspectives and across multiple levels of analysis. The required courses in the Decision and Cognition track give students an introduction to historically influential approaches to decision-making drawn from three major fields. Students then have the opportunity to take coursework in a number of disciplines that approach decision-making from diverse but complementary theoretical perspectives.

Required Track Courses

1. PHIL 361: Ethics
2. One of:
    PHIL 443: Foundations of Rational Choice Theory
    PHIL 444: Groups and Choices
    ECON 408/PHIL 408:Philosophy and Economics
3. PSYCH 449: Decision Processes

Electives. Six courses selected from:

ECON 309: Experimental Economics
ECON 408/PHIL 408: Philosophy and Economics
ECON 490: Topics in Microeconomics: Economics and Psychology
EECS 492: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
PHIL 340: Minds and Machines
PHIL 366: Introduction to Political Philosophy
PHIL 408/ECON 408: Philosophy and Economics
PHIL 429: Ethical Analysis
PHIL 443: Foundations of Rational Choice Theory
PHIL 444: Groups and Choices
POLSCI 391: Modeling Political Processes
POLSCI 490: Game Theory and Formal Models
PSYCH 335: Introduction to Animal Behavior
PSYCH 345: Introduction to Human Neuropsychology
PSYCH 346: Learning and Memory
PSYCH 348: Psychology of Thinking
PSYCH 433: Biopsychology of Motivation
PSYCH 448: Mathematical Psychology
PSYCH 476: Positive Psychology

 

Computation and Cognition Track

A foundational idea of cognitive science is that mental processes are computational, and computation remains central to (but not the exclusive domain of) the field. This track requires students to take coursework in psychology and computer programming. Subsequent depth courses emphasize — although not exclusively so —computational and formal methods including machine learning, computational linguistics, rational choice theory, and mathematical psychology.

Required Track Courses

1. One of
    PSYCH 240: Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
    PSYCH 245: Cognitive Neuroscience
2. EECS 281: Data Structures and Algorithms
3. EECS 492: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

Electives. Six courses selected from:

EECS 445: Introduction to Machine Learning
EECS 595/LING 541/SI 561: Natural Language Processing
LING 313: Sound Patterns
LING 315: Introduction to Syntax
LING 316: Aspects of Meaning
LING 347/PSYCH 349: Talking Minds
LING 352/PSYCH 352: Development of Language and Thought
LING 441: Computational Linguistics
LING 447/PSYCH 445: Psychology of Language
LING 541/EECS 595/SI 561: Natural Language Processing
PHIL 345: Language and Mind
PHIL 383: Knowledge and Reality
PHIL 417: Logic and Artificial Intelligence
PHIL 443: Foundations of Rational Choice Theory
PHIL 450: Philosophy of Cognition
PHIL 482: Philosophy of Mind
PSYCH 345: Introduction to Human Neuropsychology
PSYCH 346: Learning and Memory
PSYCH 348: Psychology of Thinking
PSYCH 349/LING 347: Talking Minds
PSYCH 352/LING 352: Development of Language and Thought
PSYCH 355: Cognitive Development
PSYCH 445/LING 447: Psychology of Language
PSYCH 448: Mathematical Psychology
PSYCH 449: Decision Processes
SI 561/EECS 595/LING 541: Natural Language Processing

 

Language and Cognition Track

Because human language is universal in the species and grounded in human cognition and biology, linguistic inquiry was an integral component of the cognitive science revolution. Contemporary approaches to language synthesize models and findings from multiple disciplines, and the proposed curriculum is correspondingly interdisciplinary. The Language and Cognition track gives students a solid theoretical introduction to language through required coursework in linguistics, and in the philosophy and psychology of language. Further coursework broadens the investigation of language to include topics in computational linguistics and computer science, formal methods, and language development and learning.

Required Track Courses

1. One of:
    LING 313: Sound Patterns,
    LING 315: Introduction to Syntax,
    LING 316: Aspects of Meaning
2. One of:
    PHIL 345: Language and Mind
    PHIL 409: Philosophy of Language
    PHIL 426/LING 426: Philosophy & Linguistic Theory
3. LING 347/PSYCH 349: Talking Minds

Note: (effective Fall 2016) Students in the Language and Cognition Track may not elect PHIL 426 as both an elective and as one of the required track courses.

Electives. Six courses selected from:

EECS 376: Foundations of Computer Science
EECS 492: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
EECS 595/LING 541/SI 561: Natural Language Processing
LING 313: Sound Patterns
LING 315: Introduction to Syntax
LING 316: Aspects of Meaning
LING 342: Perspectives on Bilingualism
LING 351/PSYCH 344: Second Language Acquisition
LING 352/PSYCH 352: Development of Language and Thought
LING 412: Speech Perception
LING 421: Morphology
LING 426/PHIL 426: Philosophy & Linguistic Theory
LING 440: Language Learnability
LING 441: Computational Linguistics I
LING 442: Computational Linguistics II
LING 446: Comparative
LING 447/PSYCH 445: Psychology of Language
LING 541/EECS 595/SI 561: Natural Language Processing
PHIL 340: Minds and Machines
PHIL 345: Language and Mind
PHIL 409: Philosophy of Language
PHIL 414: Mathematical logic
PSYCH 344/LING 351: Second Language Acquisition
PSYCH 352/LING 352: Development of Language and Thought
PSYCH 445/LING 447: Psychology of Language
SI 561/EECS 595/LING 541: Natural Language Processing

 

Philosophy and Cognition Track

There is extensive interaction between contemporary philosophy, especially philosophy of mind and ethics, and cognitive science. Philosophers have long posed fundamental questions about the nature of mind, the relationship between the mental and physical, and the nature of human agency. Cognitive science provides a rich and ever-expanding body of theory, models, and findings that are relevant to these timeless philosophical questions. The Philosophy and Cognition track requires coursework in core philosophical, formal and cognitive approaches to mind. More in-depth coursework allows students to deepen their understanding of the philosophical problems and analytical enigmas raised by language and other symbolic systems, artificial intelligence, inference and reasoning, and decision-making.

Required Track Courses

1. One of:
    PSYCH 240: Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
    PSYCH 245: Cognitive Neuroscience
2. One of:
    PHIL 340: Minds and Machines
    PHIL 482: Philosophy of Mind
3. One of:
    PHIL 303: Introduction to Symbolic Logic
    PHIL 305: Introduction to Formal Philosophical Methods

Electives. Six courses selected from:

LING 315: Introduction to Syntax
LING 316: Aspects of Meaning
LING 347/PSYCH 349: Talking Minds
LING 352/PSYCH 352: Development of Language and Thought
LING 426/PHIL 426: Philosophy & Linguistic Theory
LING 447/PSYCH 445: Psychology of Language
PHIL 340: Minds and Machines
PHIL 345: Language and Mind
PHIL 361: Ethics
PHIL 383: Knowledge and Reality
PHIL 389: History of Philosophy: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
PHIL 409: Philosophy of Language
PHIL 413: Formal Philosophical Methods
PHIL 414: Mathematical Logic
PHIL 417: Logic and Artificial Intelligence
PHIL 420: Philosophy of Science
PHIL 426/LING 426: Philosophy & Linguistic Theory
PHIL 443: Foundations of Rational Choice Theory
PHIL 444: Groups and Choices
PHIL 450: Philosophy of Cognition
PHIL 482: Philosophy of Mind
PHIL 485: Philosophy of Action
PSYCH 345: Introduction to Human Neuropsychology
PSYCH 346: Learning and Memory
PSYCH 348: Psychology of Thinking
PSYCH 349/LING 347: Talking Minds
PSYCH 352/LING 352: Development of Language and Thought
PSYCH 355: Cognitive Development
PSYCH 445/LING 447: Psychology of Language
PSYCH 448: Mathematical Psychology
PSYCH 449: Decision Processes

Constraints

Distribution. Students in the Cognitive Science major may count introductory courses in PSYCH, LING, PHIL, ECON, EECS toward their College Area Distribution requirement, although these introductory courses cannot simultaneously count as core courses in the major. COGSCI 200 will not count toward distribution for Cognitive Science majors.

Other Department Policies

Double Majoring. Cognitive Science majors may double major in BCN, Linguistics, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Psychology, or other fields. However, to ensure that these students have devoted significant, independent effort to each major, only three courses can be counted toward both majors.

Honors

The Honors plan within Cognitive Science is designed for students with strong academic records who wish to pursue a research project. Interested students will apply for the Honors plan in their junior year. The application will include a research proposal and must be signed by the faculty mentor. Applications will be reviewed by the Cognitive Science Executive Committee to ensure that, for qualified students, the mentor-mentee relation is established prior to the senior year and the project falls within cognitive science. Students in the Cognitive Science Honors plan will register for at least two terms of independent study (e.g., LING 495 and 496, PHIL 498 and 499, PSYCH 424 and 426), usually in the Fall and Winter terms of their senior year, with their faculty mentor in Linguistics, Philosophy, or Psychology. Honors students must complete an Honors thesis, which will be evaluated by two faculty, the faculty mentor and a second reader from a different department (which might include, for example, Biology, Computer Science, or Economics).

Cognitive Science Major (Fall 2016 - Fall 2018)

Effective Fall 2016

Grade Policies

Cognitive Science majors must earn a grade of at least C in all courses taken to satisfy the requirements of the major (including the major gateway/prerequisite course, COGSCI 200).

Prerequisites

  1. COGSCI 200: Introduction to Cognitive Science completed with a grade of at least C

  2. Students may declare the Cognitive Science major after they have completed COGSCI 200.

  3. Each track has prerequisites for that track's core courses. Courses used to satisfy track elective requirements may have additional prerequisites.

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 27

The major is structured into four tracks, each representing a major area of research within contemporary cognitive science.

Each track consists of:

  1. Three required courses

  2. Five elective courses (chosen from a track-specific list)

  3. Senior capstone experience (chosen from courses identified each year by the Cognitive Science Executive Committee)

The combined set of students' required and elective courses must be selected from a minimum of three departments.

Decision and Cognition Track

The study of decision and choice is a lively area of contemporary cognitive science inquiry. The Decision and Cognition track provides students with sustained, cohesive instruction in a single, important content area: contemporary approaches to decision-making and choice. Students are presented with theoretical approaches to judgment and decision-making from psychology, emerging neurocircuit models of reward and reinforcement from neurobiology, algorithmic models of planning and action selection from computer science, formal approaches to rational choice (e.g., rational choice theory and game theory) from philosophy and political science, and cutting-edge approaches to understanding irrationality from behavioral economics. Critical thinking skills are honed as students learn about a well-defined content area from diverse perspectives and across multiple levels of analysis. The required courses in the Decision and Cognition track give students an introduction to historically influential approaches to decision-making drawn from three major fields. Students then have the opportunity to take coursework in a number of disciplines that approach decision-making from diverse but complementary theoretical perspectives.

Required Track Courses

  1. PHIL 361: Ethics

  2. One of:

    1. PHIL 443: Foundations of Rational Choice Theory

    2. PHIL 444: Groups and Choices

    3. ECON 408/PHIL 408:Philosophy and Economics

  3. PSYCH 449: Decision Processes

 

Electives. Five courses selected from:

  • ECON 309: Experimental Economics

  • ECON 408/PHIL 408: Philosophy and Economics

  • ECON 490: Topics in Microeconomics: Economics and Psychology

  • EECS 492: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

  • PHIL 340: Minds and Machines

  • PHIL 366: Introduction to Political Philosophy

  • PHIL 408/ECON 408: Philosophy and Economics

  • PHIL 429: Ethical Analysis

  • PHIL 443: Foundations of Rational Choice Theory

  • PHIL 444: Groups and Choices

  • POLSCI 391: Modeling Political Processes

  • POLSCI 490: Game Theory and Formal Models

  • PSYCH 335: Introduction to Animal Behavior

  • PSYCH 345: Introduction to Human Neuropsychology

  • PSYCH 346: Learning and Memory

  • PSYCH 348: Psychology of Thinking

  • PSYCH 433: Biopsychology of Motivation

  • PSYCH 448: Mathematical Psychology

  • PSYCH 476: Positive Psychology

 

Computation and Cognition Track

A foundational idea of cognitive science is that mental processes are computational, and computation remains central to (but not the exclusive domain of) the field. This track requires students to take coursework in psychology and computer programming. Subsequent depth courses emphasize — although not exclusively so —computational and formal methods including machine learning, computational linguistics, rational choice theory, and mathematical psychology.

Required Track Courses

  1. One of

    1. PSYCH 240: Introduction to Cognitive Psychology

    2. PSYCH 245: Cognitive Neuroscience

  2. EECS 281: Data Structures and Algorithms

  3. EECS 492: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

 

Electives. Five courses selected from:

  • EECS 445: Introduction to Machine Learning

  • EECS 595/LING 541/SI 561: Natural Language Processing

  • LING 313: Sound Patterns

  • LING 315: Introduction to Syntax

  • LING 316: Aspects of Meaning

  • LING 347/PSYCH 349: Talking Minds

  • LING 352/PSYCH 352: Development of Language and Thought

  • LING 441: Computational Linguistics

  • LING 447/PSYCH 445: Psychology of Language

  • LING 541/EECS 595/SI 561: Natural Language Processing

  • PHIL 345: Language and Mind

  • PHIL 383: Knowledge and Reality

  • PHIL 417: Logic and Artificial Intelligence

  • PHIL 443: Foundations of Rational Choice Theory

  • PHIL 450: Philosophy of Cognition

  • PHIL 482: Philosophy of Mind

  • PSYCH 345: Introduction to Human Neuropsychology

  • PSYCH 346: Learning and Memory

  • PSYCH 348: Psychology of Thinking

  • PSYCH 349/LING 347: Talking Minds

  • PSYCH 352/LING 352: Development of Language and Thought

  • PSYCH 355: Cognitive Development

  • PSYCH 445/LING 447: Psychology of Language

  • PSYCH 448: Mathematical Psychology

  • PSYCH 449: Decision Processes

  • SI 561/EECS 595/LING 541: Natural Language Processing

 

Language and Cognition Track

Because human language is universal in the species and grounded in human cognition and biology, linguistic inquiry was an integral component of the cognitive science revolution. Contemporary approaches to language synthesize models and findings from multiple disciplines, and the proposed curriculum is correspondingly interdisciplinary. The Language and Cognition track gives students a solid theoretical introduction to language through required coursework in linguistics, and in the philosophy and psychology of language. Further coursework broadens the investigation of language to include topics in computational linguistics and computer science, formal methods, and language development and learning.

Required Track Courses

  1. One of:

    1. LING 313: Sound Patterns,

    2. LING 315: Introduction to Syntax,

    3. LING 316: Aspects of Meaning

  2. One of:

    1. PHIL 345: Language and Mind

    2. PHIL 409: Philosophy of Language

    3. PHIL 426/LING 426: Philosophy & Linguistic Theory

  3. LING 347/PSYCH 349: Talking Minds

Note: (effective Fall 2016) Students in the Language and Cognition Track may not elect PHIL 426 as both an elective and as one of the required track courses.

 

Electives. Five courses selected from:

  • EECS 376: Foundations of Computer Science

  • EECS 492: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

  • EECS 595/LING 541/SI 561: Natural Language Processing

  • LING 313: Sound Patterns

  • LING 315: Introduction to Syntax

  • LING 316: Aspects of Meaning

  • LING 342: Perspectives on Bilingualism

  • LING 351/PSYCH 344: Second Language Acquisition

  • LING 352/PSYCH 352: Development of Language and Thought

  • LING 412: Speech Perception

  • LING 421: Morphology

  • LING 426/PHIL 426: Philosophy & Linguistic Theory

  • LING 440: Language Learnability

  • LING 441: Computational Linguistics I

  • LING 442: Computational Linguistics II

  • LING 446: Comparative

  • LING 447/PSYCH 445: Psychology of Language

  • LING 541/EECS 595/SI 561: Natural Language Processing

  • PHIL 340: Minds and Machines

  • PHIL 345: Language and Mind

  • PHIL 409: Philosophy of Language

  • PHIL 414: Mathematical logic

  • PSYCH 344/LING 351: Second Language Acquisition

  • PSYCH 352/LING 352: Development of Language and Thought

  • PSYCH 445/LING 447: Psychology of Language

  • SI 561/EECS 595/LING 541: Natural Language Processing

 

Philosophy and Cognition Track

There is extensive interaction between contemporary philosophy, especially philosophy of mind and ethics, and cognitive science. Philosophers have long posed fundamental questions about the nature of mind, the relationship between the mental and physical, and the nature of human agency. Cognitive science provides a rich and ever-expanding body of theory, models, and findings that are relevant to these timeless philosophical questions. The Philosophy and Cognition track requires coursework in core philosophical, formal and cognitive approaches to mind. More in-depth coursework allows students to deepen their understanding of the philosophical problems and analytical enigmas raised by language and other symbolic systems, artificial intelligence, inference and reasoning, and decision-making.

Required Track Courses

  1. One of:

    1. PSYCH 240: Introduction to Cognitive Psychology

    2. PSYCH 245: Cognitive Neuroscience

  2. One of:

    1. PHIL 340: Minds and Machines

    2. PHIL 482: Philosophy of Mind

  3. One of:

    1. PHIL 303: Introduction to Symbolic Logic

    2. PHIL 305: Introduction to Formal Philosophical Methods

 

Electives. Five courses selected from:

  • LING 315: Introduction to Syntax

  • LING 316: Aspects of Meaning

  • LING 347/PSYCH 349: Talking Minds

  • LING 352/PSYCH 352: Development of Language and Thought

  • LING 426/PHIL 426: Philosophy & Linguistic Theory

  • LING 447/PSYCH 445: Psychology of Language

  • PHIL 340: Minds and Machines

  • PHIL 345: Language and Mind

  • PHIL 361: Ethics

  • PHIL 383: Knowledge and Reality

  • PHIL 389: History of Philosophy: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

  • PHIL 409: Philosophy of Language

  • PHIL 413: Formal Philosophical Methods

  • PHIL 414: Mathematical Logic

  • PHIL 417: Logic and Artificial Intelligence

  • PHIL 420: Philosophy of Science

  • PHIL 426/LING 426: Philosophy & Linguistic Theory

  • PHIL 443: Foundations of Rational Choice Theory

  • PHIL 444: Groups and Choices

  • PHIL 450: Philosophy of Cognition

  • PHIL 482: Philosophy of Mind

  • PHIL 485: Philosophy of Action

  • PSYCH 345: Introduction to Human Neuropsychology

  • PSYCH 346: Learning and Memory

  • PSYCH 348: Psychology of Thinking

  • PSYCH 349/LING 347: Talking Minds

  • PSYCH 352/LING 352: Development of Language and Thought

  • PSYCH 355: Cognitive Development

  • PSYCH 445/LING 447: Psychology of Language

  • PSYCH 448: Mathematical Psychology

  • PSYCH 449: Decision Processes

Constraints

Distribution. Students in the Cognitive Science major may count introductory courses in PSYCH, LING, PHIL, ECON, EECS toward their College Area Distribution requirement, although these introductory courses cannot simultaneously count as core courses in the major. COGSCI 200 will not count toward distribution for Cognitive Science majors.

Other Department Policies

Double Majoring. Cognitive Science majors may double major in BCN, Linguistics, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Psychology, or other fields. However, to ensure that these students have devoted significant, independent effort to each major, only three courses can be counted toward both majors.

Honors

The Honors plan within Cognitive Science is designed for students with strong academic records who wish to pursue a research project. Interested students will apply for the Honors plan in their junior year. The application will include a research proposal and must be signed by the faculty mentor. Applications will be reviewed by the Cognitive Science Executive Committee to ensure that, for qualified students, the mentor-mentee relation is established prior to the senior year and the project falls within cognitive science. Students in the Cognitive Science Honors plan will register for at least two terms of independent study (e.g., LING 495 and 496, PHIL 498 and 499, PSYCH 424 and 426), usually in the Fall and Winter terms of their senior year, with their faculty mentor in Linguistics, Philosophy, or Psychology. Honors students must complete an Honors thesis, which will be evaluated by two faculty, the faculty mentor and a second reader from a different department (which might include, for example, Biology, Computer Science, or Economics).

 

Cognitive Science Major (Winter 2014-Summer 2016)

May be elected as an interdepartmental major, jointly administered by the Departments of Linguistics, Philosophy, and Psychology, and supervised by the Cognitive Science Executive Committee

Effective Winter 2014

Prerequisites to the Major

  1. COGSCI 200: Introduction to Cognitive Science.

  2. Students may declare the Cognitive Science major after they have completed COGSCI 200.

  3. Each track has prerequisites for that track's core courses.

  4. Courses used to satisfy track elective requirements may have additional prerequisites.

Major Program

A minimum of 27 credits is required. The major is structured into four tracks, each representing a major area of research within contemporary cognitive science.

Each track consists of:

  1. Three required courses

  2. Five elective courses (chosen from a track-specific list)

  3. Senior capstone experience (chosen from courses identified each year by the Cognitive Science Executive Committee)

The combined set of students' required and elective courses must be selected from a minimum of three departments.

Decision and Cognition Track

The study of decision and choice is a lively area of contemporary cognitive science inquiry. The Decision and Cognition track provides students with sustained, cohesive instruction in a single, important content area: contemporary approaches to decision-making and choice. Students are presented with theoretical approaches to judgment and decision-making from psychology, emerging neurocircuit models of reward and reinforcement from neurobiology, algorithmic models of planning and action selection from computer science, formal approaches to rational choice (e.g., rational choice theory and game theory) from philosophy and political science, and cutting-edge approaches to understanding irrationality from behavioral economics. Critical thinking skills are honed as students learn about a well-defined content area from diverse perspectives and across multiple levels of analysis. The required courses in the Decision and Cognition track give students an introduction to historically influential approaches to decision-making drawn from three major fields. Students then have the opportunity to take coursework in a number of disciplines that approach decision-making from diverse but complementary theoretical perspectives.

Prerequisites for required courses

  1. One of:

    1. STATS 250: Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis

    2. MATH 425/STATS 425: Introduction to Probability

  2. ECON 401: Intermediate Microeconomic Theory (if select ECON 408/PHIL 408)

  3. One course in calculus (MATH 115, 116, 121, 156, 175, 176, 185, 186, 215, 295, or 296)

  4. One introductory course in Philosophy

Required Track Courses

  1. PHIL 361: Ethics

  2. One of:

    1. PHIL 443: Foundations of Rational Choice Theory

    2. ECON 408/PHIL 408:Philosophy and Economics

  3. PSYCH 449: Decision Processes

Electives. Five courses selected from:

  • ECON 309: Experimental Economics

  • ECON 408/PHIL 408: Philosophy and Economics

  • ECON 490: Topics in Microeconomics: Economics and Psychology

  • EECS 492: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

  • PHIL 340: Minds and Machines

  • PHIL 366: Introduction to Political Philosophy

  • PHIL 408/ECON 408: Philosophy and Economics

  • PHIL 429: Ethical Analysis

  • PHIL 443: Foundations of Rational Choice Theory

  • POLSCI 391: Modeling Political Processes

  • POLSCI 490: Game Theory and Formal Models

  • PSYCH 335: Introduction to Animal Behavior

  • PSYCH 345: Introduction to Human Neuropsychology

  • PSYCH 346: Learning and Memory

  • PSYCH 348: Psychology of Thinking

  • PSYCH 433: Biopsychology of Motivation

  • PSYCH 448: Mathematical Psychology

  • PSYCH 476: Positive Psychology

Computation and Cognition Track

A foundational idea of cognitive science is that mental processes are computational, and computation remains central to (but not the exclusive domain of) the field. This track requires students to take coursework in psychology and computer programming. Subsequent depth courses emphasize — although not exclusively so —computational and formal methods including machine learning, computational linguistics, rational choice theory, and mathematical psychology.

Prerequisites for the required courses

  1. One of PSYCH 111, 112, 114, 115, or 116

  2. EECS 203 Discrete Math

  3. EECS 280 Programming and Introductory Data Structures

Required Track Courses

  1. One of

    1. PSYCH 240 Introduction to Cognitive Psychology

    2. PSYCH 245 Cognitive Neuroscience

  2. EECS 281 Data Structures and Algorithms

  3. EECS492 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence)

Electives. Five courses selected from:

  • EECS 445: Introduction to Machine Learning

  • EECS 595/LING 541/SI 561: Natural Language Processing

  • LING 313: Sound Patterns

  • LING 315: Introduction to Syntax

  • LING 316: Aspects of Meaning

  • LING 347/PSYCH 349: Talking Minds

  • LING 352/PSYCH 352: Development of Language and Thought

  • LING 441: Computational Linguistics

  • LING 447/PSYCH 445: Psychology of Language

  • LING 541/EECS 595/SI 561: Natural Language Processing

  • PHIL 345: Language and Mind

  • PHIL 383: Knowledge and Reality

  • PHIL 417: Logic and Artificial Intelligence

  • PHIL 443: Foundations of Rational Choice Theory

  • PHIL 450: Philosophy of

  • PHIL 482: Philosophy of Mind

  • PSYCH 345: Introduction to Human Neuropsychology

  • PSYCH 346: Learning and Memory

  • PSYCH 348: Psychology of Thinking

  • PSYCH 349/LING 347: Talking Minds

  • PSYCH 352/LING 352: Development of Language and Thought

  • PSYCH 355: Cognitive Development

  • PSYCH 445/LING 447: Psychology of Language

  • PSYCH 448: Mathematical Psychology

  • PSYCH 449: Decision Processes

  • SI 561/EECS 595/LING 541: Natural Language Processing

Language and Cognition Track

Because human language is universal in the species and grounded in human cognition and biology, linguistic inquiry was an integral component of the cognitive science revolution. Contemporary approaches to language synthesize models and findings from multiple disciplines, and the proposed curriculum is correspondingly interdisciplinary. The Language and Cognition track gives students a solid theoretical introduction to language through required coursework in linguistics, and in the philosophy and psychology of language. Further coursework broadens the investigation of language to include topics in computational linguistics and computer science, formal methods, and language development and learning.

Prerequisites for the required courses

  1. One introductory course in Linguistics (LING 111, 209, or 210)

  2. Advisory: one of PHIL 296, 303, or 414

  3. Advisory: one of PSYCH 111, 112, 114, or 115

Required Track Courses

  1. One of:

    1. LING 313: Sound Patterns,

    2. LING 315: Introduction to Syntax,

    3. LING 316: Aspects of Meaning

  2. One of:

    1. PHIL 345: Language and Mind

    2. PHIL 409: Philosophy of Language

  3. LING 347/PSYCH 349: Talking Minds

Electives. Five courses selected from:

  • EECS 376: Foundations of Computer Science

  • EECS 492: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

  • EECS 595/LING 541/SI 561: Natural Language Processing

  • LING 313: Sound Patterns

  • LING 315: Introduction to Syntax

  • LING 316: Aspects of Meaning

  • LING 342: Perspectives on Bilingualism

  • LING 351/PSYCH 344: Second Language Acquisition

  • LING 352/PSYCH 352: Development of Language and Thought

  • LING 412: Speech Perception

  • LING 421: Morphology

  • LING 426/PHIL 426: Philosophy & Linguistic Theory

  • LING 440: Language Learnability

  • LING 441: Computational Linguistics I

  • LING 442: Computational Linguistics II

  • LING 446: Comparative

  • LING 447/PSYCH 445: Psychology of Language

  • LING 541/EECS 595/SI 561: Natural Language Processing

  • PHIL 340: Minds and Machines

  • PHIL 345: Language and Mind

  • PHIL 409: Philosophy of Language

  • PHIL 426/LING 426: Philosophy & Linguistic Theory

  • PHIL 414: Mathematical logic

  • PSYCH 344/LING 351: Second Language Acquisition

  • PSYCH 352/LING 352: Development of Language and Thought

  • PSYCH 445/LING 447: Psychology of Language

  • SI 561/EECS 595/LING 541: Natural Language Processing

Philosophy and Cognition Track

There is extensive interaction between contemporary philosophy, especially philosophy of mind and ethics, and cognitive science. Philosophers have long posed fundamental questions about the nature of mind, the relationship between the mental and physical, and the nature of human agency. Cognitive science provides a rich and ever expanding body of theory, models, and findings that are relevant to these timeless philosophical questions. The Philosophy and Cognition track requires coursework in core philosophical, formal and cognitive approaches to mind. More in-depth coursework allows students to deepen their understanding of the philosophical problems and analytical enigmas raised by language and other symbolic systems, artificial intelligence, inference and reasoning, and decision-making.

Prerequisites for the required courses

  1. One of PSYCH 111, 112, 114, or 115

  2. One introductory course in Philosophy

  3. Advisory: One of

    1. PHIL 345: Language and Mind

    2. PHIL 383: Knowledge and Reality

Required Track Courses

  1. One of:

    1. PSYCH 240: Introduction to Cognitive Psychology

    2. PSYCH 245: Cognitive Neuroscience

  2. One of:

    1. PHIL 340: Minds and Machines

    2. PHIL 482: Philosophy of Mind

  3. One of:

    1. PHIL 303: Introduction to Symbolic Logic

    2. PHIL 305: Introduction to Formal Philosophical Methods

Electives. Five courses selected from:

  • LING 315: Introduction to Syntax

  • LING 316: Aspects of Meaning

  • LING 347/PSYCH 349: Talking Minds

  • LING 352/PSYCH 352: Development of Language and Thought

  • LING 447/PSYCH 445: Psychology of Language

  • PHIL 340: Minds and Machines

  • PHIL 345: Language and Mind

  • PHIL 361: Ethics

  • PHIL 383: Knowledge and Reality

  • PHIL 389: History of Philosophy: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

  • PHIL 409: Philosophy of Language

  • PHIL 413: Formal Philosophical Methods

  • PHIL 414: Mathematical Logic

  • PHIL 417: Logic and Artificial Intelligence

  • PHIL 420: Philosophy of Science

  • PHIL 450: Philosophy of Cognition

  • PHIL 443: Foundations of Rational Choice Theory

  • PHIL 482: Philosophy of Mind

  • PHIL 485: Philosophy of Action

  • PSYCH 345: Introduction to Human Neuropsychology

  • PSYCH 346: Learning and Memory

  • PSYCH 348: Psychology of Thinking

  • PSYCH 349/LING 347: Talking Minds

  • PSYCH 352/LING 352: Development of Language and Thought

  • PSYCH 355: Cognitive Development

  • PSYCH 445/LING 447: Psychology of Language

  • PSYCH 448: Mathematical Psychology

  • PSYCH 449: Decision Processes

Honors Plan

The Honors plan within Cognitive Science is designed for students with strong academic records who wish to pursue a research project. Interested students will apply for the Honors plan in their junior year. The application will include a research proposal and must be signed by the faculty mentor. Applications will be reviewed by the Cognitive Science Executive Committee to ensure that, for qualified students, the mentor-mentee relation is established prior to the senior year and the project falls within cognitive science. Students in the Cognitive Science Honors plan will register for at least two terms of independent study (e.g., LING 495 and 496, PHIL 498 and 499, PSYCH 424 and 426), usually in the Fall and Winter terms of their senior year, with their faculty mentor in Linguistics, Philosophy, or Psychology. Honors students must complete an Honors thesis, which will be evaluated by two faculty, the faculty mentor and a second reader from a different department (which might include, for example, Biology, Computer Science, or Economics).




Additional Information

Cognitive Science majors may choose to double major in BCN (Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience), Linguistics, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Psychology, Computer Science or other fields. However, to ensure that these students have devoted significant, independent effort to each major, only three courses can be counted towards both majors.

Students majoring in Cognitive Science and minoring in an aligned discipline are subject to the LSA restriction that only one course may count towards both declarations.

To declare a major in Cognitive Science:

  1. Register and complete COGSCI 200 - Intro to Cognitive Science. COGSCI 200 is the pre-requisite course to the major.
  2. Make a General Advising appointment with the Academic Program Specialist to declare.