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- FASS Compass
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- Applied Legal Studies (Master's degree)
- Cognitive Science
- First Nations Studies
- French Cohort
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- Global Asia
- Graduate Liberal Studies (Master's degree)
- Hellenic Studies
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- Language Training Institute
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- Public Policy (Master's degree)
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Is Cognitive Science for you?
Cognitive science is the study of the mind and its processes, including consciousness, language, learning, information processing, and decision making. At SFU this study is explored at the intersection of Linguistics, Psychology, Computing Science, and Philosophy. Through a variety of scientific and philosophical approaches, this interdisciplinary approach seeks a broader and deeper understanding of cognition.
You will learn:
- to communicate clearly;
- to critically evaluate evidence and data;
- to program and use computers;
- to apply conceptual, analytical and interpersonal skills in a variety of situations.
Where to go from here?
If you are interested in discovering what Cognitive Science is about, take COGS 100. Whether you are a Cognitive Science major, still deciding if Cognitive Science is for you, or in another program and just interested in thinking about how the human mind works - you will find this course informs the way you see the world.
COGS 100 is an introduction to exploring the mind, examining how major common themes from many fields contribute to our understanding of cognitive functions like memory, language, and vision.
The multi-faceted nature of Cognitive Science study means that students will develop a variety of skills and knowledge, applicable to a variety of fields and large range of career directions.
Want to know more?
We offer you the unusual opportunity to undertake a Cognitive Science degree at the undergraduate level. We encourage interested undergrads to participate in research and seek opportunities to work with our faculty and associate member faculty. Such collaborative mentorship relationships have produced highly skilled and well regarded grads, many of whom have already published by the end of their undergraduate degree.
Students who complete a major, honours or minor in Cognitive Science develop an approach to learning that is robust and informed. You will tailor your interdisciplinary program according to your interests by choosing concentrations from a range of elective courses.
The program suits self directed students and students interested in following and building on their curiosity in multiple areas and exploring relationships between them.