Cognition, Logic and Language


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**The Cognition, Logic, and Language minor is not available to students matriculating in Fall 2018 or later**

Cognition refers to the process of thinking. It is a major topic in psychology, but is also closely allied with several other fields, including, the physiology of the brain, the acquisition and use of natural languages, the structure of the formal languages used in mathematical logic and computer science, and the philosophy of knowledge and mind.

The cognition, logic and language program offers an interdisciplinary minor.


If you'd like to view a full listing of our course options in cognition, logic and language or any other subject, please visit the Online Course Catalogue.

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Requirements for the Minor

interdisciplinary, 6 courses

Two courses from each of two different core areas, as listed below, plus two additional courses that can be chosen from the core areas or from the electives listed below. In addition, one course in ancient or modern languages can be counted towards the minor. Students can petition the coordinator of the minor to include other courses, provided that the student can show evidence of a significant component relevant to cognition, logic, and language. The selection of courses is subject to the following restrictions: No more than three courses from a single department can be counted, and at least three courses must be at the 200-level or above.


Our students choose from a variety of introductory and advanced courses, each designed to provide students with strong critical thinking and analytical skills.

Below you'll find a sampling of some of our most popular classes, as well as suggestions for making cognition, logic and language a part of your larger interdisciplinary experience at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

CPSC 453 Artificial Intelligence


Delve into the fascinating subject of artificial intelligence, and explore topics such as natural language processing, machine learning, neural nets, intelligent agents, and artificial life. Then, shift gears and learn more about human life and interaction in ANTH 227 Intercultural Communication.

PSY 231 Cognitive Psychology


Examine the scientific approach to understanding the human mind and its relationship to behavior by studying aspects of a variety of cognitive issues including memory, language, and decision-making. Further your understanding of decision-making in young adults by enrolling in SOC 263 Juvenile Delinquency.

PHIL 350 Theories of Reality: Minds, Matter, Free Will, Meaning


Explore physical reality as well as the relationship between mind and body, the idea of personal identity, and the nature of human free will and responsibility. Next, learn about how people experience and understand the world through the senses in PSY 299 Sensation and Perception.


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