Cognitive Science minor

The Cognitive Science minor requires at least 5 courses (15 semester hours) from the lists below. 

These courses must be distributed as follows. 

(A) Introductory.  At most one course from this list may count towards the minor. 

(B) Theoretical Foundation.  Students must take at least one course from this list. 

(C) Empirical Foundation.  Students must take at least one course from this list. 

(D) Interdisciplinary Bridge.  Students must take at least one course from this list, in addition to their two foundations.  (Some courses are listed as both foundations and interdisciplinary, but no student can count a single course as both – everyone needs 3 separate courses to meet these 3 requirements.)

(E) Elective(s).  The remaining course (or two courses, if a student opts not to count an introductory course) may be drawn from the lists above, or the list of Specialized Electives. 

(F) Double-Counting.  No more than two courses can be double-counted towards this minor and another minor or major. 


Introductory Courses.


These lower-level courses provide good preparation for further study in Cognitive Science.  At most one of these can be counted toward the minor.


CRCP 1310.  Creative Coding.

PHIL 1301.  Elementary Logic.

PHIL 1306.  Introduction to Philosophy - Minds, Machines, and Persons

PSYC 1300.  Introduction to Psychology.

PSYC 2332.  Developmental Psychology.

PSYC 2351.  Abnormal Psychology.


Theoretical Foundation.

These courses introduce students to central theoretical and philosophical issues at the heart of cognitive science, including questions about bringing together explanations at different levels and/or from different academic disciplines. This theoretical background can serve as a springboard for further specialization and provides scaffolding that connects other courses in this interdisciplinary minor.


KNW 2308.  Mathematical Models of Cognition.

PHIL 3315.  Philosophy of Mind.

PHIL 3316.  Minds, Brains and Robotics. 

PHIL 3323.  Philosophy of Psychology and Neuroscience. 

PHIL 3324.  Consciousness: Theoretical and Empirical Approaches.


Empirical Foundation.

The following courses introduce students to important empirical approaches in Cognitive Science, including some central empirical findings and research. Through such courses, students should develop a sophisticated understanding of how empirical research in Cognitive Science is carried out.


PSYC 3301. Research Methods in Psychology. (Lui / Calvert)

PSYC 3310. Memory and Cognition. (Hornstein)

PSYC 4320. Behavioral Neuroscience (Ritz)

MUHI 4357.  Music and Emotion (Wallmark).  (Note: this is probably SMU’s best course on neuro-imaging, considering studies of music cognition by Wallmark and others.)


Interdisciplinary Bridge.

The following courses each illustrate how issues in cognitive science can be beneficially approached by work drawing from multiple disciplines within Cognitive Science.  This sort of rich interdisciplinary work is highly characteristic of and essential to Cognitive Science.  Note: many of these courses have pre-requisites not directly included in this minor, so may be ideal only for students who have relevant preparation or are willing to take extra pre-requisites.


CRCP 3330.  Artificial Intelligence and Creative Composition.

CSE 5320.  Artificial Intelligence.

KNW 2308.  Mathematical Models of Cognition.

PHIL 3316.  Minds, Brains and Robotics.

PHIL 3323.  Philosophy of Psychology and Neuroscience.  

PHIL 3324.  Consciousness: Theoretical and Empirical Approaches. 

PHIL 3381.  Neuroethics.

PSYC 4310.  Cognition and the Brain.

PSYC 4320. Behavioral Neuroscience. 

WL 3375.  Introduction to Psycholinguistics. 


Specialized Electives. 


Depending on whether students opt to count an introductory course, 1 to 2 courses will remain. Those may be drawn from any of the non-Introductory lists, including this list of Specialized Electives.    


ANTH 3303.  Self, Culture, and Mind: Introduction to Psychological Anthropology

APSM 4350.  Motor Learning.

CRCP 5326.  History and Theory of Creative Computation.
CSE 5342.  Concepts of Language Theory and their Applications.
CSE 5324.  Machine Learning.
PHIL 3301.  Intermediate Logic
PHIL 3312.  Philosophy of Language
PHIL 3317.  Philosophy of Perception

PHIL 3318.  Colors, Sounds, and Other Appearances
PHIL 3322.  Pleasure and Pain.
PSYC 4325.  Psychology of Emotions.

WL 3308.  Introduction to General Linguistics