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Cognitive Science, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #901 (ARWU) North Adams, MA, United States
The Cognitive Science program at William College is concerned with how humans, animals, and computers acquire, represent, manipulate, and use information. As an interdisciplinary field it combines research and theory from three central disciplines (computer science, cognitive psychology, and philosophy), two closely related disciplines, and several more distantly related disciplines.
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Complex issues of cognition are not easily addressed using traditional intra-disciplinary tools. Cognitive researchers in any discipline typically employ a collection of analytic and modeling tools from across traditional disciplinary boundaries. 

Thus, the methods and research agenda of the Cognitive Science program at William College are broader than those of any of the fields that have traditionally contributed to cognitive science. The COGS Program at Williams is designed to offer a coherent program of study in cognitive science and provide students with the broad interdisciplinary foundation needed to approach issues of cognition.

Learning Objectives

Concentrators in Cognitive Science will:

  • Learn the history of cognitive science from the middle of the 20th century to the present.
  • Understand the way in which cognitive science is methodologically distinctive while at the same time is an interdisciplinary field where established fields of research—including Psychology, Computer Science, Linguistics, Neuroscience, and Philosophy—contribute to the overall approach.
  • Develop skills in analyzing, interpreting, and assessing the empirical data and research techniques that contribute to cognitive science.
  • Investigate topics in cognitive science from at least three different disciplinary perspectives that in combination include quantitative, qualitative, and lab work.
  • Understand central modeling techniques in cognitive science, including traditional computational approaches, neural network/deep learning approaches, and dynamical approaches.
  • Learn to communicate technical work in particular research areas in writing and in oral presentation to an interdisciplinary audience.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Senior Seminar: Cognitive Science
  • Senior Thesis: Cognitive Science
  • Independent Study: Cognitive Science
  • Intro. to Linguistic Analysis
  • Introduction to Computer Science
  • Neuroscience
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Embodiment and Consciousness: A Cross-Cultural Exploration

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Common Application, Coalition Application, or QuestBridge Application
  • Early Decision Agreement Form (Early Decision applicants ONLY)
  • SAT or ACT
  • School Report
  • Counselor Recommendation
  • Two Teacher Recommendations

Tuition Fee

  • International

    56970 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56970 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    56970 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56970 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for North Adams

  • 876 - 1820 USD/month
    Living Costs

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