Explore the nature of knowledge, thinking, and learning in brains and artificial systems with cognitive science.

As a field, cognitive science combines perspectives from neuroscience, psychology, computer science, philosophy, linguistics, and anthropology to illuminate the workings of the mind and to inform the design of new technologies. The cognitive science minor makes a fitting companion to any of these majors or to fields like economics, political science, or music theory.

Discover a range of different perspectives from a variety of academic disciplines.

Read course descriptions and learn about the structure of the minor.

Cognitive science faculty have a variety of academic specialties. 

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Spark an interest, ignite your passion

Whether you are curious about machine learning or music theory or any other system our mind encounters, you will have a chance to explore topics at length through individual study and self-designed research.

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Cognitive Science Outcomes

When paired with a major of your choosing, the cognitive science minor is a powerful addition that prepares you for advanced study and careers in a variety of fields.

On Any Given Day...

...discover an array of opportunities that await you at Lawrence University.


Lawrence Research Fellows

As a Lawrence University Research Fellow, you will have the opportunity to participate in student-faculty collaborative research, whether it’s with our professors here on campus or with one of our collaborating off-campus programs around the world.

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Finding Your Research Niche

If you see a gap that needs to be filled, do the research to make your job easier! My T. Le built her own Python algorithm and developed new techniques in R to explore large datasets.

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The best way to find out if Lawrence is the university for you is by visiting.

Your virtual tour starts at the Arch but be sure to check out Briggs Hall, to explore social sciences learning spaces.