Language and Mind (BA)

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Program Description

The College's Language and Mind major is an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the human mind through the study of language. At the core of Cognitive Science, this endeavor has emerged as a preeminent research frontier, forging links across the humanities, the social sciences and the hard sciences. Reflecting the interdisciplinary character of this frontier, the Language and Mind program is strongly integrative, drawing courses from three departments: Linguistics, Psychology and Philosophy. Human language is at the center of the Language and Mind study program, but the major is broader than Linguistics; the program also incorporates Psychological experimentation techniques and Philosophical inquiry. The aim is to give students the necessary background for exploration of new perspectives for both language and the human mind.

This major, intended as an introduction to cognitive science, is administered by the Departments of Linguistics, Philosophy, and Psychology.

Joint Honors

For the requirements of joint honors in language and mind, students should follow the same procedure for honors in linguistics, except that their proposal should identify faculty members from two departments in the language and mind major (linguistics, philosophy, and psychology) who will be co-advisers. The thesis topic must reflect contributions to both disciplines.


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