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AB in Cognitive Science

About this Degree

Cognitive science is an emerging new science of mind and intelligent processes in humans, animals, computers, and in the abstract. The field spans a wide variety of standard disciplines including psychology, computer science, anthropology, linguistics, biology, and education. Cognitive science is expected to play a large role in the development of the technologies, training, and intervention programs of the twenty-first century. The curriculum of this interdisciplinary major includes courses in major areas including artificial intelligence, psychological foundations, language and cultural foundations, and philosophical foundations.

The AB in Cognitive Science is a demanding interdisciplinary program. In the major-related core, students take lower-level classes in computer science, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, and statistics. At the upper-division level, all majors take Introduction to Cognitive Science (ARTI/PHIL/PSYC 3550), Cognitive Psychology (PSYC 4100) and choose between either Artificial Intelligence (CSCI/PHIL 4550) or Generative Syntax (ENGL/LING 3150).

What you will learn

After being exposed to a wide range of interdisciplinary classes, students then focus on two (or more) of four areas of concentration:

  • Artificial Intelligence Foundations; 
  • Philosophical Foundations; 
  • Psychological Foundations;
  • Language and Culture (Linguistics and Anthropology).

Majors must take five classes across these subject areas, with at least two classes in two different areas.

Interesting Facts about this Degree or Program

  • Careers in Cognitive Science have an annual median salary of $67,800.
  • Currently, this degree is the only Cognitive Science program in the University System of Georgia.
  • Cognitive Science is under the Artificial Intelligence department, and this department offers the Double Dawg program where students are allowed to double up with a Cognitive Science AB+Artificial Intelligence MS. With these, it is possible to earn both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree within 5 years.
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Possible Job Titles:

A cognitive science major is preferable preparation for students who plan to go on to graduate programs in cognitive science, educational technology, artificial intelligence, instructional psychology, cognitive psychology, cognitive philosophy, or cognitive neuroscience. Cognitive science A.B. holders typically find themselves employed in technology-related positions demanding excellent technical, writing, and speaking skills.

  • Business Analyst
  • Clinical Trial Manager
  • Computer Programmer
  • Computational Linguist
  • Counselor
  • Developer
  • Educator
  • Ergonomist
  • FBI/CIA Agent
  • Human Factors
  • Engineer
  • Human Resources
  • Industrial Psychologist
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Intelligence Specialist
  • IT Support Specialist
  • Linguist
  • Market Analyst
  • Mobile Designer
  • Psychologist
  • Research Analyst
  • Research Coordinator
  • Research Technician
  • Sales Manager
  • Software
  • Programmer
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Social Scientist
  • Technology Administrator
  • User Experience Designer
  • Web Developer
  • Web Producer


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