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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.

interdisciplinary, 6 courses
Two courses from each of two different core areas, as listed below, plus two additional courses that can be chosen from the core areas or from the electives listed below. In addition, one course in ancient or modern languages can be counted towards the minor. Students can petition the coordinator of the minor to include other courses, provided that the student can show evidence of a significant component relevant to cognition, logic, and language. The selection of courses is subject to the following restrictions: No more than three courses from a single department can be counted, and at least three courses must be at the 200-level or above.

PHIL 220 Semiotics
PHIL 238 Philosophy of Natural Science
PHIL 242 Experiencing and Knowing
PHIL 260 Mind and Language
PHIL 350 Theories of Reality: Minds, Matter, Free Will, Meaning
PHIL 390 Contemporary Philosophy

Formal Language and Logic
CPSC 124 Introduction to Programming OR CPSC 225 Intermediate Programming
CPSC 229 Foundations of Computation
CPSC 336 Robotics
CPSC 444 Artificial Intelligence
MATH 380 Mathematical Logic OR PHIL 240 Symbolic Logic
PHYS 287 Computational Methods

Cognitive Psychology
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology
PSY 231 Cognitive Psychology
PSY 235 Cognitive Neuroscience
PSY 331 Research in Cognition
PSY 375 Topics in Cognitive Psychology

The Physiological Basis of Cognition
BIOL 340 Neurobiology
PSY 230 Biopsychology
PSY 299 Sensation and Perception
PSY 309 Topics in Sensory Perception
PSY 310 Research in Perception and Sensory Processes
PSY 311 Research in Behavioral Neuroscience

Linguistics and the Structure and Use of Natural Language
ANTH 115 Language and Culture
EDUC 115 Introduction to Linguistics
EDUC 304 Representations, Inferences, and Meanings
ENG 201 The History of the English Language
SPAN 306 ¡Cómo mola! Introducción a la Lingüística Española
(Note: The minor can include one language course in addition to SPAN 306.)
WRRH 201 Grammar and Style
WRRH 250 Talk and Text: An Introduction to Discourse Analysis

ANTH 227 Intercultural Communication
ANTH 285 Primate Behavior
EDUC 202 Human Growth and Development
EDUC 220 Storytelling and the Oral Tradition
EDUC 221 Understanding Autism
EDUC 222 Teaching, Learning, Schools, and Mathematics
ENG 190 Creative Writing for First-Years and Sophomores
ENG 290 Creative Writing
ENG 300 Literary Criticism Since Plato
MATH 110 Discovering in Math
MATH 135 First Steps Into Advanced Mathematics
MUS 110 Introduction to Music Theory
MUS 120 Tonal Theory and Aural Skills I
MUS 202 Medieval and Renaissance Music
PHIL 110 Puzzles and Paradoxes
PHIL 120 Critical Thinking and Argument Analysis
PHYS 355 Classical and Quantum Information and Computing
POL 263 Problems and Methods in the Study of Politics
WRRH 200 Writer’s Seminar II
WRRH 251 Black Talk, White Talk

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