Cognition refers to the process of thinking. It is a major topic in psychology, but it is closely allied with several other fields including the physiology of the brain, the acquisition and use of natural languages, the structure of the formal languages used in mathematical logic and computer science, and the philosophy of knowledge and mind. The cognition, logic, and language program allows a student to pursue the multiple aspects of this highly interdisciplinary subject.

The cognition, logic and language program offers an interdisciplinary minor.

Requirements for the Minor

Six courses chosen from the following lists; no more than three of the six courses may be in any single division (natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities); at least three of the six courses must be at the 200 level or above. One course in any modern or ancient language may be counted toward the minor. Other relevant courses not listed may be acceptable, with the permission of the coordinator.

Course Listings

Crosslisted Courses

Natural Sciences

  • BIOL 340 Neurobiology
  • CPSC 124 Introduction to Programming
  • CPSC 229 Foundations of Computation
  • CPSC 336 Robotics
  • CPSC 453 Artificial Intelligence
  • MATH 110 Discovering in Math
  • MATH 135 First Steps Into Advanced Mathematics
  • MATH 380 Mathematical Logic
  • PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSY 101 Advanced Introductory Psychology
  • PSY 230 Biopsychology
  • PSY 231 Cognitive Psychology
  • PSY 299 Sensation and Perception
  • PSY 310 Research in Perception and Sensory Processes
  • PSY 311 Research in Behavioral Neuroscience
  • PSY 331 Research in Cognition
  • PSY 375 Topics in Cognitive Psychology

Social Science

  • ANTH 115 Language and Culture
  • ANTH 227 Intercultural Communication
  • ANTH 285 Primate Behavior
  • SOC 261 Sociology of Education


  • EDUC 202 Human Growth and Development
  • EDUC 221 Understanding Autism
  • EDUC 222 Teaching, Learning, Schools, and Mathematics
  • EDUC 304 Representations, Inferences, and Meanings
  • ENG 221 The Language of Literature
  • ENG 260 Creative Writing
  • MUS 120 Tonal Theory and Aural Skills I
  • MUS 121 Tonal Theory and Aural Skills II
  • PHIL 120 Critical Thinking and Argumentative Writing
  • PHIL 220 Semiotics
  • PHIL 238 Philosophy of Natural Science
  • PHIL 240 Symbolic Logic
  • PHIL 242 Experience and Knowing
  • PHIL 260 Mind and Language
  • PHIL 275 Theories of Reality: Minds, Matter, Free Will, Meaning
  • PHIL 390 Contemporary Philosophy
  • WRRH 200 Writer's Seminar II
  • WRRH 201 Grammar and Style
  • WRRH 250 Talk and Text: An Introduction to Discourse Analysis
  • WRRH 251 Black Talk, White Talk


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