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How's Carleton College's Cognitive Science/Neuroscience?

PhylodolphinPhylodolphin 2 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
Hi I am recently accepted by Carleton College. I am looking forward to be majoring in Cognitive Science/Psychology.
I am extremely interested in the biological basis for the psychological and metaphysical activities and The Problem of Consciousness (yes it is my dream to solve this mind-sucking problem). I plan to go to graduate schools to continue these studies.

Well you may say that I should therefore major in biology or double major in biology and psychology. One of my concerns is that, after looking into the courses offered in biology, I find the ones that addresses my specific interests are scarce. And although the psychology program has a lot of courses on the topic of cognitive neuroscience, I still want to have mastery over the biological aspect on these topics, and I worry that the psychology classes may not fulfill this need. What's more, I really hope to be able to major in Philosophy, too (as I'm devoted to ponder on not only the philosophy of mind, but also ethics, epistemology, and philosophy of science). I see these fields as interconnected.

Therefore I turned to Cognitive Science, which includes all of the fields mentioned above. I'm not sure if the courses there will cover my special interest in the consciousness, and I fear that the interdisciplinary quality of this major will provide me with only a *superficial* knowledge of this field (given the philosophy, linguistics, biology, psychology, and computer science courses I have to take). I really hope to explore the human mind in-depth.

Yes, I realize that I am ambitious, but this world so wonderful and mysterious that I just want to learn as much about it as possible while I can, especially in the years while my mind is still sharp and eager.
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  • PhylodolphinPhylodolphin 2 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
    By the way, I know that neuroscience is offered as a minor at Carleton, but I don't know if it will sate my need to deeply explore the human mind.
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  • PhylodolphinPhylodolphin 2 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
    I'd also like to know if there are research opportunities relating to the Consciousness at Carleton. Many thanks!
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  • bluebayoubluebayou 26691 replies174 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited April 10
    what are you other options? Why focus on a school were courses that address your specific interest are scarce?

    Plenty of other colleges do Neuro & Cog and Philosophy well, but those are generally not LACs.
    edited April 10
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  • CounselmomCounselmom 30 replies2 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    At Carleton, you can design your own “special major.” I remember reading an article by a student who combined interests to creat a really neat major but unfortunately can’t find it. You could ask admissions. This is what I found in the website: https://apps.carleton.edu/handbook/academics/?policy_id=21536. Good luck!
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  • NicckkkkkkNicckkkkkk 12 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Carleton may not be strong in neuroscience or cognitive science, but I know it's a LAC known for science fields and high PhD production. Maybe you can take a look at other colleges. Like Vassar, which owns a strong cognitive science major. And also you should consider Oberlin, which is the first institution offers Neuroscience major and produces two Nobel Prize winners who did neuroscience research.
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