|Faculty:||Institute of Cognitive Science
|Description:||Carleton’s Bachelor of Cognitive Science (Honours) program, offered through the Institute of Cognitive Science, is designed to be completed in four years of full-time study. A General degree is also available. The Honours program consists of three elements: a core of courses from Cognitive Science and associated disciplines, an area of specialization chosen from the five possible areas, and optional courses you select according to your interests.
Researchers in our program (students and faculty members) study the mind by combining the methods and theories of five disciplines: psychology, philosophy, linguistics, neuroscience, and computer science. This interdisciplinary approach allows unique insights into human understanding, thought, perception, language and emotion—using a diverse range of methods including the study of abstract concepts; computer models of cognition; empirical research into language, problem-solving, imagination, complex thinking and children’s learning; and applied research on the interface between humans and machines.
In first year, you will take introductory courses in cognitive science, linguistics, psychology, philosophy and computer science. You will either take a first-year introduction to cognitive science or one of the first-year seminars that focus on cognitive science.
By your second or third year of study, you will begin to develop your expertise in one of the following five areas of specialization:
* Biological Foundations of Cognition
* Cognition and Computation
* Cognition and Psychology
* Language and Linguistics
* Philosophical and Conceptual Issues
As a senior student, you can choose to complete a year-long research project on a topic in cognitive science. The Honours Thesis project allows you to work closely with a faculty supervisor on a specific topic within your area of specialization.