2023-2024 Catalog 
    Dec 05, 2023  
2023-2024 Catalog

Undergraduate Certificate in Cognitive Archaeology


The Undergraduate Certificate in Cognitive Archaeology provides students at UCCS and throughout the world the opportunity to study the evolutionary development of cognition in Homo sapiens and other primates through a variety of courses in 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 the certificate through courses taught on campus and online, UCCS is able to offer 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.

Certification Requirements

  • Students shall be currently enrolled at UCCS or concurrently enrolled at an accredited university.
  • Students shall complete twelve (12) upper-division credit hours (two core and two elective courses) offered by the UCCS Departments of Anthropology, Psychology, and Philosophy, covering the core and elective courses listed under Curriculum.
  • Students accepted into the certificate program shall maintain a 3.00 GPA once undergraduate courses are started.
  • Complete a written portfolio for review, consisting of one sample of written work from each class.
  • Complete evaluation and suggestions for program development.

For a current curriculum list, application requirements, and additional information, please visit the Center for Cognitive Archaeology website.

Letters of application, inquiries, and portfolios should be sent to:
Karenleigh A. Overmann, DPhil, Certificate Program Director
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Center for Studies in Cognitive Archaeology
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Course Requirements

Core Courses

Elective Courses

  • Complete two of the following courses.

  • ANTH 4105 - Neurocognition of Art
  • ANTH 4115 - Evolution of Ritual and Religion
  • ANTH 4125 - Rock Art and Modern Cognition
  • ANTH 4245 - Evolution of Symbolic Behavior
  • ANTH 4255 - Embodied Cognition and Material Cultural
  • ANTH 4345 - Paleoneurology
  • ANTH 4355 - Neandertal Cognition
  • PHIL 4330 - Philosophy of Mind