Cognitive Science at USC

Cognitive science is an interdisciplinary major that focuses on the mind and cognition from a variety of perspectives and approaches.  Cognitive science addresses questions and engages inquiry across the traditional disciplines of psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, linguistics, computer science, and anthropology.

Cognitive science combines knowledge and methods of inquiry across these domains to address broad questions about cognition, including:
• How do organisms perceive, reason about, and act on their environment?
• How do organisms learn and acquire or generate new knowledge?
• Can intelligent behavior emerge from networks of organisms or entities?
• How is cognition shaped by the particular hardware that carries out the computations (e.g., the human brain in a human body, silicon chips in a computer, etc.)?


Psychology Advisors

Contact for general questions about advising and courses.

Toby Mintz

Director of Cognitive Science

Contact for questions about the major and related programs.