Cognitive Science Major


What is cognitive science?

Cognitive science is the study of how intelligent beings (including people, animals, and machines) perceive, act, know, and think. It explores the process and content of thought as observed in individuals, distributed through communities, manifested in the structure and meaning of language, modeled by algorithms, and contemplated by philosophies of mind. Its models are formulated using concepts drawn from many disciplines, including psychological sciences, linguistics, logic, computer science, anthropology, and philosophy, and they are tested using evidence from psychological experiments, clinical studies, field studies, computer simulations, and neurophysiological observation (UConn Cognitive Science Program).

The Cognitive Science major is an interdisciplinary major encompassing courses from the following departments and programs:


Refer to the Cognitive Science Program for major requirements and the Plan of Study.

Declaring the Major

Students may declare the major online via the CLAS Online Program Change website. Students wishing to declare Cognitive Science as a double major or additional degree should refer to the CLAS Academic Services Center.


William Snyder in the linguistics department serves as the advisor for the major and signs the final plan of study.