The emerging field of Cognitive Science unites researchers in philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, anthropology, and sociology in the study of the human mind. The new Philosophy-Cognitive Studies major at the University of Cincinnati allows students to take a wide variety of courses in these disciplines. Students gain a strong foundation in Cognitive Science, while maintaining a focus on the “big” questions concerning cognition and mentality. Two new introductory courses specifically designed for this track serve as an entry-point to the active and growing field of Cognitive Science.
QUESTIONS INVESTIGATED WITHIN THE PHILOSOPHY-COGNITIVE STUDIES MAJOR INCLUDE:
• What is consciousness, and how does experience arise from the brain?
• Can a machine think, or have feelings?
• Are minds and brains like complex computers, or is this a mistaken analogy?
• What is “the self” and how does it relate to the brain?
• What can we learn from mental illness and psychoactive drugs about the normal functioning of the human mind?
• How can we scientifically study the “private” nature of our own minds?
THE PHILOSOPHY-COGNITIVE STUDIES MAJOR
TAKE 6 CORE COURSES:
- Phil 1006/Psych 1006: Introduction to Cognitive Studies
- Phil 2032: Inquiry in Cognitive Science
- One of the following three:
- Psych 2020: Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
- Psych 2030: Sensation and Perception
- Psych 2070: Psychobiology
- Phil 3042/Psych 3042: Philosophy of Psychology
- One of:
- Psych 3032: Current Controversies in Cognitive Science
- Psych 3041: Cognition in the Wild
- Phil 5099: Capstone
CHOOSE 7 ELECTIVES:
3 from one group, with at least one at the 3000 level or above, and 4 from at least 2 of the remaining groups, with at least two at the 3000 level or above
GROUP 1: Animal Minds and the Evolution of Cognition:
- Anth 1003: Biological Anthropology
- Anth 1004: Human Evolution
- Anth 2050: Primate Behavior
- Phil 3045: Phil and Cog Ethology
- Anth 4059: Human Adaptation
GROUP 2: Broken Brains/Broken Minds:
- Bio 1053: Drugs and Disease in the Brain
- Psych 2051: Abnormal Psych
- Soc 2073: Drugs and Society
- Psych 3026: Broken Brains
- Psych 3062: Brains on Drugs
- Psych 6022: Psychopharmacology
- Anth 6079: Medical Anthropology II: Subjectivity, Experience, and Mental Illness
GROUP 3: Foundations:
- Phil 2041: Minds and Machines
- Phil 3030: Philosophy of Mind
- Phil 3040: Philosophy of Science
- Phil 4000: Ad Top Phil Mind
- Phil 4042: Ad Top Phil Life Sciences
GROUP 4: Minds and Brains:
- NS 2002: Fundamentals of NS II
- Psych 3020: Cognitive Neuropsychology
- Psych 3024: Functional Neuroanatomy
- Psych 3072: Special Topics in Neuropsych
- Psych 4003: Senior Seminar in Neuropsych
*Recommended that QR requirement be fulfilled by MATH, statistics, Phil 1011: Intro to Logic, or Phil 2010: Symbolic Logic.
*Study abroad program available: Budapest Semester in Cognitive Science (bscs-us.org) US Director: Tony Chemero; Recommended for junior year; Fulfills 15 hours of elective credit for the major