UGA Specific Information for Cognitive Science

Cognitive science is an emerging new science of mind and intelligent processes involving humans, animals, computers, and the abstract. The field spans a wide variety of standard disciplines including psychology, computer science, anthropology, linguistics, biology, and education. Cognitive science is expected to play a large role in the development of the technologies, training, and intervention programs of the twenty-first century. The curriculum of this interdisciplinary major includes courses in artificial intelligence, psychological foundations, language and cultural foundations, and philosophical foundations.

For the AB degree, students take lower-level classes in computer science, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, and statistics. At the upper-division level, all majors take Introduction to Cognitive Science (ARTI/PHIL/PSYC 3550), Cognitive Psychology (PSYC 4100), and choose between either Artificial Intelligence (CSCI/PHIL 4550) or Generative Syntax (ENGL/LING 3150).  

Students then focus on two (or more) of four areas of concentration:

  • Artificial Intelligence Foundations
  • Philosophical Foundations
  • Psychological Foundations
  • Language and Culture (Linguistics and Anthropology)

A cognitive science major is preferable preparation for students who plan to go on to graduate programs in cognitive science, educational technology, artificial intelligence, instructional psychology, cognitive psychology, cognitive philosophy, or cognitive neuroscience. Cognitive science A.B. holders typically find themselves employed in technology-related positions demanding excellent technical, writing, and speaking skills.

Class of 2021 Career Outcomes for Cognitive Science*

** Includes Self-Employed

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Employers/Position Title Reported by Class of 2021 Cognitive Science majors

The information below represents employers and position titles from the Class of 2021 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.

Employer Position Title(s)
Amazon Software Development Engineer
Beisswenger & Thomson Legal Assistant
Boston Consulting Group Talent Acquisition Assistant
Chemical Abstracts Service Patent Authority Specialist
Cognizant Quality Engineer
Computrade Software Developer
Estée Lauder Business Analyst
Flexport Global Trade Coordinator
Foss Floors E-Commerce Content and Excellence Coordinator
General Assembly UX Designer
Marketwake Junior Copywriter
Oracle Cloud Solution Engineer
Oracle Solutions Engineer
Orangetheory Fitness Head Coach
Sleep and Sinus Centers of Georgia Medical Assistant and Scribe
SpotOn Transact, Inc. Account Executive
Square Software Engineer
TAPIF: Teaching Assistant Program in France Assistant English Teacher
United States Department of Defense Computer Scientist
* denotes no responses received.
*Source: Areas above marked with an Asterisk (*) have been created utilizing data taken from the UGA Career Outcomes Survey. The "Employers Hiring...," "Job Titles of...," "Career Outcomes for...," and "Graduate/Professional Schools and Programs..." information listed above represent UGA Class of 2021 Graduates. The lists are not exhaustive and therefore do not represent all potential career options. Click here for more detailed Career Outcomes information regarding this major.

Graduate/Professional Schools attended by Class of 2021 Cognitive Science majors

The information below represents graduate/professional schools and programs reported through the Class of 2020 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.

Graduate School Program(s)
Brenau University Occupational Therapy, MA
Emory University Law, JD
South University Clinical Mental Health Counseling, MS
University of Georgia Professional School Counseling, M.Ed/Ed.S.
University of Georgia Communication Sciences and Disorders, Master's
University of North Georgia Undeclared, BA
* denotes no responses received.