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 2022 Career Outcomes for Cognitive Science*

** Includes Self-Employed


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Employers/Position Title Reported by Class of 2022 Cognitive Science majors

The information below represents employers and position titles from the Class of 2022 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)
Adam's Property Manager
Capgemini Consultant
Capgemini Developer
Carpool Logistics Account Executive
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Rehab Aide
Coalfire Cloud Assurance Associate
Deloitte Analyst
Deloitte Application & Program Analyst
Equifax Rotational Development Program Associate
Google Software Engineer
Hall Booth Smith, P.C. Administrative Clerk
IBM Software Developer
Manhattan Associates Software Engineer
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Project Assistant
Stax Customer Success Specialist
Suncoast Credit Union UX Writer/Researcher
Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Digital Strategist
Vaco HR Operations Consultant
Waterford.org Technical Support Specialist
Wells Fargo Teller
* denotes no responses received.

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Graduate/Professional Schools attended by Class of 2022 Cognitive Science majors

The information below represents graduate/professional schools and programs reported through the Class of 2022 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)
Georgia State University Communication Sciences and Disorders, MS
Georgia State University School Psychology, MEd/EdS
Mercer University Atlanta Clinical Mental Health Counseling, MS
University of Georgia Artificial Intelligence, MS
University of Georgia Artificial Intelligence, MS
University of Georgia Artificial Intelligence, MS
University of Georgia Artificial Intelligence, MS
University of Georgia Artificial Intelligence, MS
University of Georgia Artificial Intelligence, MS
University of Georgia Artificial Intelligence, MS
University of Georgia Psychology, Not Specified
University of Georgia Journalism and Mass Comm, Master's
University of Georgia Public Health, MPH
University of Washington Human Computer Interaction and Design, Master's
* denotes no responses received.