The honors major 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 major in their junior year. The application will include a research proposal and must be approved by the faculty mentor. Applications will be reviewed by the Cognitive Science Undergraduate 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. In order to qualify, students must maintain a 3.4 GPA requirement.
Students in the Cognitive Science honors major will register for at least two terms of independent study (typically within the departments of psychology, philosophy, or linguistics) during the last two semesters of their senior year. The student will register for the independent study/honors thesis courses through their faculty mentor's department.
- For example, if a student is completing an honors thesis with a Psychology faculty member, the student MUST complete all honors thesis requirement required of the Psychology honors thesis process.
Honors concentrators must complete an honors thesis, which will be evaluated by two faculty, the faculty mentor and a second reader. The faculty mentor will assist the student in finding a second reader for the thesis. Upon completion of the honors thesis, the student must meet all thesis requirements by the faculty member's department, and submit all thesis information to the Weinberg Institute for Cognitive Science.
For honors thesis award consideration, please consult with your faculty mentor in a timely manner (1-2 months prior to award deadlines) for recommendation letters.