There are three elements in the graduate curriculum of the Cognition Program:

1. Departmental Curriculum. Students must complete the departmental common graduate curriculum including courses, research requirements and mentored teaching experiences.

2. Basic Cognition courses. Three basic courses: the following list includes possible courses, including those that are not offered every year. The purpose of this requirement is to develop a deeper understanding of the theories and methods used to scientifically study cognition, and how these approaches are central to many areas of psychological inquiry. Pre-approved courses are:

PSYC 35700 Psychology of Spoken Language (Nusbaum) 

PSYC 37400 Long Term Memory (Gallo) 

PSYC 38655 Environmental Neuroscience (Berman, London) 

PSYC 40107 Behavioral Neuroscience (Margoliash) 

PSYC 41000 Advanced Topics in Color Vision (Shevell)

PSYC 41116 Social Cognitive Development (Shaw)

PSYC 41400 Evolutionary Cognitive Psychology (Gallo) 

PSYC 42350 Advanced Topics in Human Neuroimaging (Bainbridge/Rosenberg)

PSYC 42500 Attention (Nusbaum)

PSYC 42570 Integrating the Real World into Perception and Memory (Bainbridge)

PSYC 42950 Memory and Decision Making (Bakkour)

PSYC 43200 Language Development (Goldin-Meadow) 
Students may also propose other courses, based on course offerings in a given year. Such student-proposed courses should be approved by the cognition area chair prior to taking them.

3. Advanced courses and seminars. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in advanced courses and seminars, particularly in their area of interest.

We encourage all students to actively participate in workshops and attend events specific to your area of study. The workshop method is one of the unique aspects of a UChicago education, allowing faculty and students the opportunity to explore and challenge new ideas.