The minor in Cognitive Science at Illinois State is designed to enhance your program of study in Cognitive Science-related fields by allowing you to create the best minor for your individual needs. Study in Cognitive Science will strengthen your resume and help prepare you for graduate work in biology, computer science, philosophy, psychology, and other related disciplines.
It is also good preparation for certain jobs in the industry, as Cognitive Science is at the forefront of much of the latest research and technology in artificial intelligence, computational applications, and knowledge representations.
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Students in the interdisciplinary Cognitive Science minor can learn from faculty in numerous disciplines and academic departments, including Philosophy, Biological Sciences, Communication Sciences and Disorders, English, Information Technology, Mathematics, Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology, and Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.
Why study Cognitive Science?
Cognitive Science is a pioneering interdisciplinary field which studies the nature of intelligent systems, both biological and artificial. Drawing from the fields of computer science, linguistics, philosophy, neuroscience, and psychology, with strong links to anthropology, education, physics, and engineering, this field of inquiry focuses on topics extending from accounts of human language and childhood mental development, to theories about how neurons in the brain process information; from attempts to model human thought in computer programs and to engineer robotic 'creatures' that live and learn, to studies of human vision and other forms of perception.