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Major in Cognitive Science

Required introductory courses survey basic phenomena and approaches; basic methodology courses impart the required methods of cognitive science; core courses provide foundations of disciplines within cognitive science; and elective courses allow students to pursue more advanced study in particular disciplines. A proseminar focuses on ongoing research in the field by Northwestern faculty, and qualified seniors will be invited to take a senior honors seminar to engage in independent research under the guidance of department faculty and to write a senior thesis.

Program courses

Note: Here is a list of advanced elective courses that have already been approved by the Cognitive Science Program. However, if you would like to count a course that you do not see on this list, simply contact the Cognitive Science Program (

Note: Cognitive science majors who wish to double major must show a minimum of 11 courses not doublecounted in any other major(s). Cognitive science majors seeking a minor in another discipline cannot doublecount for that minor any courses used to meet the major requirements in cognitive science. Back to top