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Philosophy-Cognitive Studies

Student will learn to reason critically: analyze the logical structure of arguments, construct and criticize arguments, analyze concepts and evaluate definitions, understand the relevance and use of empirical evidence, and how to employ and evaluate it.  The individual will learn to write clearly and convincingly, in a way that articulates critical reasoning.  The successful student will become conversant with the central problems and advances in the philosophical, scientific, anthropological, and sociological study of the mind and cognition. This student will also become familiar with central works in the philosophy of psychology and cognitive science.

This program prepares the student for graduate study in philosophy, and more generally for those professions in which it is central to employ clear thinking and a reasoned justification of opinion, and to integrate information from a diverse range of perspectives and traditions.  


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Program Code



4 years

Admission Criteria



Main Campus


McMicken College of Arts and Sciences


206 McMicken Hall
Cincinnati,OH  45221
Peter Langland-Hassan
Phone: 513-556-6344

Student Success Factors

The best reason to study philosophy is simply because it is interesting. However, in addition to satisfying a need to know, philosophy offers a number of additional benefits. Students who study philosophy learn to think deeply and carefully about complex issues. They learn to construct precise arguments in defense of their ideas. They learn to write well. Because most of our courses are small (especially at the 3000-level and above), students receive close personal attention to better help them develop these important skills.

Career Possibilities

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.


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Philosophy-Cognitive Studies Curriculum Guide

Predominant Program

    A&S College Core Requirements
    • ENGL1001, English Composition, EC, 3
    • ENGL2089, Intermediate Composition, EC, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Freshman Seminar Course (freshman only), 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Foreign Language Sequence, DC, 10 - 12
    • XXXXxxxx, MATH or STAT Course, QR, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Quantitative Reasoning, QR, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Natural Sciences (NS) credit number will depend on major course selection, NS, 0 - 6
    • XXXXxxxx, Social & Ethical Issues (SE) or Technology & Innovation (TI) Course (may double count with another requirement), SE, TI, 0 - 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Historical Perspectives (HP) Course, HP, 3
    • HISTxxxx, HIST (HP) Course , HP, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Interdisciplinary Course, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Humanities (HU) or Fine Arts (FA)-credits will depend on major requirement course selection, HU, FA, 0 - 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Humanities (HU), HU, 0
    • XXXXxxxx, Social Science (SS) from two different disciplines- credits will depend on major requirement course selection , SS, 0 - 6
    Major Core Requirements
    • PHIL1006, Introduction to Cognitive Studies, HU, SS, 3
    • PHIL2032, Inquiry in Cognitive Science, 3
    • PHIL3042, Philosophy of Psychology , HU, SS, 3
    • PHIL5099, Philosophy Capstone, 3
    Psychology Groundwork
    • PSYC2020, Introduction to Cognitive Psychology, SS, 3
    • PSYC2030, Sensation and Perception, NS, 3
    • PSYC2070, Psychobiology, NS, 3
    Animal Minds and the Evolution of Cognition
    • ANTH1003, Biological Anthropology, NS, SS, 3
    • ANTH1004, Human Evolution, NS, SS, 3
    • ANTH2050, Primate Behavior, NS, 3
    • ANTH4059, Human Adaptation, 3
    • PHIL3045, Philosophy and Cognitive Ethology , HU, 3
    Broken Brains/Broken Minds
    • ANTH6079, Medical Anthropology II: Subjectivity, Experience and Mental Illness, 4
    • BIOL1053, Drugs and Disease in the Brain, NS, 3
    • PSYC2051, Abnormal Psychology, SS, 3
    • PSYC3026, Broken Brains, 3
    • PSYC3062, Brains on Drugs, 3
    • PSYC6022, Psychopharmacology, 3
    • SOC2073, Drugs and Society, SE, SS, 3
    Core Courses
    • PHIL3032, Current Controversies in Cognitive Science, NS, SS, 3
    • PSYC3041, Cognition in the Wild, 3
    • PHIL2041, Minds and Machines , TI, HU, 3
    • PHIL3030, Philosophy of Mind , HU, 3
    • PHIL3040, Philosophy of Science , 3
    • PHIL4000, Advanced Topics in Philosophy of Mind , 3
    • PHIL4042, Advanced Topics in Philosophy and the Life Sciences , 3
    Mind and Brains
    • NS2002, Fundamentals of Neuroscience II, NS, 3
    • PSYC3020, Cognitive Neuropsychology, 3
    • PSYC3024, Functional Neuroanatomy, 3
    • PSYC3072, Special Topics in Neuropsychology, 3
    • PSYC4003, Senior Seminar in Neuropsychology, 3

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

University of Cincinnati 3 + 3 Law School Admissions

This major welcomes eligible students who would like to earn a bachelor’s degree and a UC law degree in just six years, saving a year of tuition and time over the traditional path to becoming a lawyer. Students will receive careful advising to complete their major and A&S core degree requirements in 3 years. More information is available here.

Students in UC's McMicken College of Arts and Sciences enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.



Special Programs

The department sponsors a vibrant speaker series and an annual colloquium featuring multiple speakers addressing a single theme. Undergraduate majors are expected to attend these events. One of the best ways to experience the thrill of philosophy is to observe professional philosophers debating the issues with one another. Undergraduate students will have opportunities to speak with and ask questions of visiting speakers.

Admission Requirements

Freshmen applicants, please visit the Admission Requirements page for more information.

Transferring to UC Requirements

Admission to A&S is generally available for any off-campus student who was admissible directly from high school and has cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 in the most recent institution.

Students who were not admissible directly from high school must have:

  • 24 semester (36 quarter) hours earned
  • at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 at most recent institution
  • successfully completed one semester of English composition or its equivalent
  • successfully completed one semester of math with a grade of C- or higher that minimally meets on of the following:
    • Mathematical Literacy (MATH 0029)
    • Intermediate Algebra (MATH 0034)
    • Algebra for College (MATH 0039)
    • Students may also take the UC Math Placement exam, but must score an MPT of 420 or higher

University transfer scholarships are available to those who meet specific requirements and ANY admitted A&S transfer student might qualify for an A&S transfer scholarship. Deadlines and eligibility criteria are online via the previous links.

Changing Majors Within UC

Admission to A&S is generally available for University of Cincinnati students enrolled in other colleges if they were admissible directly from high school, have a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 in their most recent UC college.

Students who were not admissible directly from high school must have:

  • at least a 2.0 GPA in all college-level courses (both at UC and at other institutions)
  • successfully completed one semester of English composition or its equivalent
  • successfully completed one semester of math with a grade of C- or higher that minimally meets on of the following:
    • Mathematical Literacy (MATH 0029)
    • Intermediate Algebra (MATH 0034)
    • Algebra for College (MATH 0039)
    • Students may also take the UC Math Placement exam, but must score an MPT of 420 or higher

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, students must:

  • Earn at least 120 credits. This can include transfer credit, AP credit and free electives, but does not include preparatory coursework. Students who have met all other degree requirements must continue earning credit until the total number of their earned hours comes to at least 120.
  • Attain a 2.0 grade point average for all courses taken at the University of Cincinnati.
  • Be in good academic standing, that is, not on either academic probation or disciplinary probation or suspension.
  • Complete the residency requirement by earning at least 30 credits after matriculating into the college.
  • Complete all of the requirements of at least one major (see major requirements above).
  • Complete the College Core Requirements.
  • Submit an application for graduation to the registrar's office by their posted deadline.

Application Deadlines

While midyear admission is possible, fall semester is generally the best time to enter the college, since many course sequences begin in that semester. Applicants to the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences who are enrolled or who were previously enrolled as degree-seeking students in A&S or in other UC colleges should apply for admission directly to A&S (in French West, 2nd Floor). All other applicants who wish to earn an undergraduate degree from A&S should apply through the Office of Admissions (3rd Floor, University Pavilion).


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