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Independent Study

The Weinberg Institute for Cognitive Science offers a number of undergraduate-level independent study courses. Independent study provides students an opportunity to explore their educational interests while working one-on-one with a faculty member.

Students can earn Cognitive Science independent study credit for...

  • Working as a Research Assistant (RA) in a Cognitive Science related research lab

  • Conducting their own research (i.e., creating, running, and analyzing a research experiment; conducting a secondary analysis for pre-existing data sets; conducting and analyzing the results of an online survey; developing computational models of data; conducting a quantitative meta-analysis; etc.), including research for a Cognitive Science Honors Thesis

  • Performing an in-depth study of a Cognitive Science topic

Students cannot earn Cognitive Science independent study credit for...

  • Internships or experiential learning

    • We encourage students who would like to earn (non-CogSci) credit during their internship experience to check out ALA 225

  • Research in non-Cognitive Science fields, including research projects of an “applied nature” (for example, a research project that is purely focused on marketing without connection to consumer behavior or another cognitive-based theory)

  • Research under the mentorship of a graduate student. 

    • Unfortunately, mentors for independent study projects must be faculty members or lecturers. Students may work with graduate students throughout the course of their project, but their official mentor must be a faculty member.