Bachelor On Campus

Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences

Wellesley College

48 months
60424 USD/year
60424 USD/year
60424 USD/year
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The Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences program at Wellesley University is a dynamic interdisciplinary approach to the investigation of the nature and origins of thought and language. Cognitive scientists seek answers to fundamental questions about the mental processes: How is it that we can learn and remember?


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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • The Sounds of Language
  • African American English
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Invented Lang: Wilkins to Navi
  • Evolution and Behavior

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

Your academic preparation as an applicant for admission to Wellesley should include:

  • training in writing
  • the interpretation of literature
  • mathematics
  • 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.

Tuition Fee

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    60424 USD/year
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  • National

    60424 USD/year
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  • In-State

    60424 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 60424 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Wellesley

2644 - 5475 USD /month
Living costs

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