Cognitive Science

Are you intrigued by how the mind works? About how humans think and develop cognition? Do you want to tie in different fields of study to better understand the processes of thought creation? Housed within the Department of Philosophy, a Cognitive Science major at York will expose you to interdisciplinary studies of psychology, neuroscience, anthropology, biology, computer science, linguistics and more. By approaching complex questions from a variety of perspectives, Cognitive Science will develop your understanding of how human behavior and cognition is developed.

Career Options in Cognitive Science

This list is not exhaustive but it provides a solid idea of what fellow graduates have gone on to do and what potential careers a Cognitive Science degree can offer. Some options are more directly associated with specific areas of Cognitive Science than others.

  • Animal Caretaker
  • Author
  • Child Life Specialist
  • Criminologist
  • Editor
  • Forensics Specialist
  • Gerontologist
  • Guidance Counsellor
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Linguist
  • Media Correspondent
  • Mediator
  • Mental Health Worker
  • Neuroscientist
  • Non-Profit Administrator
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Pharmaceutical Researcher
  • Politician
  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Public Affairs Consultant
  • Public Policy Advisor
  • Rehabilitation Counsellor
  • Scientific Researcher
  • Social Policy Researcher
  • Social Worker
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Teacher
  • Therapist
  • Victims Advocate
  • Writer

Some of these career choices may require additional education or preparation in the form of graduate studies, experiential education or professional formative courses and exams. For a more in-depth description of some of the careers mentioned above visit Career Cruising (login information can be found on the home page of the Career Centre's online system) or the National Occupational Classification website.