May 10, 2021  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

Minor in Cognitive Science (18-19)


Coordinators: Giovanni Bennardo, Department of Anthropology; Betty Birner, Department of English; Reva Freedman, Department of Computer Science and Katja Wiemer, Department of Psychology 

Cognitive Science is the study of the mind. A minor in cognitive science indicates that a student has studied issues such as knowledge acquisition, language, reasoning, and artificial intelligence from an interdisciplinary perspective and using a variety of methods. This degree may be particularly beneficial to students who seek a career in interdisciplinary fields such as cognitive neuroscience, psycholinguistics, artificial intelligence, human factors engineering, educational technology, or related areas within the participating departments.

The departments participating in this minor are Anthropology, Biological Sciences, Communicative Disorders, Computer Science, English, Philosophy, and Psychology.

The Cognitive Science Minor is open to students of any major area leading to a baccalaureate degree. Students should have at least sophomore standing and hold a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher. Students who wish to enroll in the minor need to register with one of the program coordinators.

Requirements (18-19)


Six or more semester hours in the minor must be taken at NIU.

Core course (3)


  • Credits: 3
  • ILAS 261 is available for general education credit.

  • This is a nature and technology general education course for the Learning Pathway.

  •       OR   Credits: 3
  •              ANTH 261X is available for general education credit.

  •              This is a nature and technology general education course for the Learning Pathway.

  •       OR   Credits: 3
  •              ENGL 261X is available for general education credit.

  •              This is a nature and technology general education course for the Learning Pathway.

At least five of the following, from at least three departments (15-16)