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Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Archaeology


This document specifies the procedures for obtaining the Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Archaeology from the Center for Cognitive Archaeology at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS). These procedures will be governed by the policy requirements of the UCCS College of Letters, Arts and Sciences (LAS) and the UCCS Graduate School.

The Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Archaeology provides students at UCCS and throughout the world the opportunity to study the evolutionary development of cognition in humans, early hominids, and non-human primates through a variety of courses offered by the UCCS Departments of Psychology, Anthropology, and Philosophy. Cognitive archaeology is a relatively new multidisciplinary field that applies and integrates concepts from the more traditional fields of cognitive psychology, cognitive neurosciences, neuropsychology, anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, and philosophy. Cognitive archaeology considers the origins and adaptive evolutionary purposes of cognitive processes and capabilities such as concept formation, spatial cognition, social cognition, language, symbolic structures, and working memory.

At the present time, this certificate is unique. By offering a Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Archaeology, UCCS is uniquely positioned to be at the forefront of this educational opportunity, both nationally and internationally.

By offering the certificate through courses taught on campus and online, UCCS is able to market the certificate to students throughout the world. This educational opportunity is invaluable to students majoring in a variety of disciplines, including psychology, anthropology, philosophy, linguistics, cognitive studies, and interdisciplinary studies.

The certificate will not constitute a formal credential for gainful employment. It is intended only as recognition of a particular course of study.

Certificate Outline and Requirements

The certificate may be awarded at the master’s and doctoral levels upon completion of twelve credit hours (total) in specified core and elective courses offered by the UCCS Departments of Anthropology, Psychology, and Philosophy.

Students shall complete twelve credit hours of core and elective courses at the 5000 level.

For information on curriculum and application requirements, please visit the Center for Cognitive Archaeology website.

Letters of application, inquiries, and portfolios should be sent to:

Thomas Wynn, PhD, Certificate Program Director
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Center for Studies in Cognitive Archaeology
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80918