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Cognitive Science

The Cognitive Science major 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.

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 & cognition, decision & cognition, language & cognition, and philosophy & cognition — 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 (Cognitive Science 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.

For more information, please visit the Cognitive Science program website.


Phone: 734.615.3275
Fax: 734.936.3406


Weinberg Institute for Cognitive Science
9th Floor Weiser Hall, 500 Church St, Ann Arbor MI 48109