What is the relationship between the mind and the brain? How has evolution shaped the mind? Could a computer think? Linguistics is the study of questions relating the structure, history, philosophy, psychology, and use of language: What are the properties of languages and how are they acquired? How did language evolve and how have languages changed over time? How is language organized in the brain?
Answers to these questions are found by using techniques and expertise from a number of different disciplines including psychology, linguistics, computer science, philosophy, and cognitive neuroscience. Despite differences in methods of investigation, cognitive scientists have a commitment to a set of ideas: that the mind is a function of the brain, that thinking is a kind of computation, that language and cognition can best be understood as a set of specialized processes and representations. More recently, greater attention has been given to the impact of evolution on thought and language.
Contemporary approaches to research in a number of areas are increasingly interdisciplinary. Therefore, cognitive and linguistic sciences majors are desirable applicants to graduate programs in any of the disciplines represented in the concentrations. Former majors in cognitive science have gone on to graduate work in psychology, linguistics, philosophy, and computer science at leading institutions. Although there are programs that grant advanced degrees in cognitive science (see below), students must typically enter the institution through standing departments.
The Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences program at Wellesley University also provides excellent background for students interested in any profession that involves understanding the workings of the human mind. It is particularly useful for those interested in pursuing careers in education, law, speech pathology, marketing/advertising, software design, human-computer interaction, and behavioral economics.
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- Introduction to Linguistics
- The Sounds of Language
- African American English
- Invented Lang: Wilkins to Navi
- Evolution and Behavior
- 48 months
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DisciplinesLanguages Cognitive Sciences Linguistics View 235 other Bachelors in Cognitive Sciences in United States
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.
Your academic preparation as an applicant for admission to Wellesley should include:
- training in writing
- the interpretation of literature
- at least one laboratory science
- other academic studies customary for university admission
- fluency in all areas of the English language: reading, writing, and verbal skills.
International60424 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 60424 USD per year during 48 months.
National60424 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 60424 USD per year during 48 months.
In-State60424 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 60424 USD per year during 48 months.
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