Cognitive Science

Cory Kendrick ‘10 cogs1-coryk
F09-S10 D-plan:  R-R-R
Cognitive Science

Favorite and least favorite things about your department:

Favorite: its size. Cog Sci steals profs from four other departments on campus, all united around a common interest. It’s super interdisciplinary, and depending on who you talk to, you can follow contacts into many more fields than just cognitive science (psychology, philosophy, linguistics, computer science, etc). I feel so much personal attention being one of a handful of majors in my whole class, and I’ve never worried about not getting into classes . Least favorite: its size. The familiarity is great, but one little problem is that some classes are only offered once every two years – which takes a lot of advance planning to make sure you don’t miss that crucial class while you’re on your off term!

Important info for potential majors:

Take either COSC 5 or PSYC 28 your freshman spring if you can! More generally: be very conscious of when you’re going to take the required classes. Like I said, because it’s a small department, sometimes classes are only offered once every two years or so (and some are offered at the same slot during the same term). Just pay attention! If you’re not sure you want to be a cog sci major- try out one of the baseline classes (LING 1 is a great starter). They’re there to garner interest!

Talk to me if:

You’re not sure if Cog Sci is the right fit for your interests (and how it’s different from Psych, Neurosci). OR – you’re exploring what direction to take within the major.

Most valuable academic info learned:

That really interesting, dynamic fields of study can be approached from countless different angles. Cognitive science has given me a whole different perspective on brain studies in general, and I’ve attacked it from all sides—neuroscience, psychology, philosophy…. I’m always being challenged to think in new ways. Also—personal connections with professors are invaluable. Seek them out!

Favorite class and professor:

LING 1 (Intro Linguistics) – Pulju; PHIL 34 (Philosophy of Language) – Sorensen; PSYC 50 (Evolutionary Psych) – Kralik

Major classes taken:

CS 5; LING 1, 26; PHIL 30, 34, 50; PSYC 6, 10, 28, 40, 50

Major journey:

I had no idea what I wanted to major in. Every class I took freshman year was in a different department. I was really interested in brain studies, but wanted a more specific view than the Psychology major could offer. I discovered Cog Sci and have been hooked since; it lets you take more control of your own major and decide the direction you want to take. It fit my interests and had the interdisciplinary flexibility I was looking for.

Major-specific activities:

1 term volunteer lab assistant with Laura Petitto in Language Acquisition lab (Educ. Dept); America Reads mentor (helping kids with literacy in Upper Valley); Presidential Scholar research with Rick Granger (computational neurosciences)

Thesis status:

undecided

Other activities:

ultimate frisbee, ski patrol, alliance for socioeconomic awareness (ASA), SEAD, Friday night rock, DPP, cabin & trail, DOC trips

Off-campus program:

Spanish LSA in Barcelona, 07F; Tucker Fellowship teaching English in Ghana, 09W

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Allie Miller ‘10
F09-S10 D-plan: R-R-R
Cognitive Science, Women’s and Gender Studies Minor

Favorite and least favorite things about your department:

I primarily love the flexibility of the major. You can be on-term or go off-term wherever you like and always have major classes available. I didn’t have to change around my D-Plan in order to be able to take classes in succession. Additionally, because the major is so small (Cog Sci Class of 2010 has seven majors), the professors will hold get-togethers or happy hours for everyone. That all being said, because the major consists of four departments rather than just one, there can sometimes be a lack of communication or advising between all four departments. My major advisor, a Ling/Russian professor, is amazing, but knows very little about the Computer Science department.

Important info for potential majors:

Just read up on the major! I had never even heard of it and only chose it after some reading and research about it. And if you decide to become a major, find your major advisor quickly. They will be indispensable when considering independent studies and theses.

Talk to me if:

you have any questions!! Or are trying to shy away from more biology-focused classes.

Most valuable academic info learned:

Time management and taking the time to bond with professors. They’re here for YOU!

Favorite class and professor:

A tie between Linguistics 20, Experimental Phonetics with Professor Chitoran and Psych 28/COGS 2, Cognition with Kelley. In the phonetics class, I absolutely loved our last assignment—you got to study anything you wanted about a language not taught at Dartmouth. I did an in-depth analysis of end consonants in Thai!

Major classes taken:

LING 1, 20; PSYCH 1, 11, 25, 28; PHIL 1, 6, 26. (plus one off-term class). Will be taking CS 5, PSYCH 60, and COGS 85.

Major journey

Oh god. Started as a math major. Became a Psychology major for a day. Then a Psych/Ling double major. Then a Psych/Phil double major with a Ling minor. And now: Cognitive Science.

Other activities:

Dartmouth Dodecaphonics – Business Manager, Tour Manager; DREAM – Fundraising Chair; Kappa Delta Epsilon – Programming Chair; Campus Senior Tour Guides – mentor; Dimensions – performer ’07, coordinator ’08; HCROO ’08; Dartmouth Hillel – Community Service Chair; The Dartmouth Independent; Shebalite 08X

Off-campus program:

Transfer Term at Royal Hollloway, University of London, 09W

Internship experience:

Weber Shandwick, Public Relations intern, 07X, Los Angeles

NBC/Universal, TV Production intern, 08W, Los Angeles