Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Road to CogSci - Question Answers

Hello again everyone! I’m sorry I never got to answer the questions some of you had on my last post. Therefore, this post will be mostly about answering those questions. And probably some extra stuff too…

The biggest question I got was what I was going to do with my life (job-wise) after I graduate. Well, with my graduation quickly approaching, as I am supposed to graduate in December, I have had to think about this a lot! I’m not going to lie, but be brutally honest with you; there are not a huge amount of jobs available to Cognitive Science majors. This is basically because the Cognitive Science field itself is a fairly new field of study. I’m not saying that it is impossible to get a job, it’s absolutely achievable, but it probably won’t be as simple as someone who is going for a degree in Business Administration. This is literally the hardest thing about the cognitive science major. The cool thing though is that CogSci is a very quickly moving and up-and-coming field of study, and new jobs are being created every day which deal with Cognitive Science. Who knows, maybe by the time you graduate, CogSci related jobs will be as popular as Computer Science jobs currently are! So please, PLEASE, do not let this fact scare you away from the CogSci degree. I honestly have no regrets making Cognitive Science my major and plan to use it to its full potential and take it as far as I can in the future.

However, there are also many other roads you can take after you receive a degree in CogSci. I have recently been shown the path to a master’s degree in Human Computer Interaction (HCI). If you know you want to get your masters, then this is an excellent step forward that will absolutely build on the Cognitive Science degree and allow you to learn some new things as well. If you would like more information on HCI, the link is simply I encourage you to check it out and see if HCI is a good possible masters program for you.

Cognitive Science is, in my opinion, one of the best majors / minors a person can have at Oswego and I strongly suggest that you at least give it a try. The classes are actually interesting and sometimes even fun! The people who are in the CogSci program are awesome and we try to help each other wherever and whenever we can. As I said, Cognitive Science is an up-and-coming field which will definitely be much more popular in the world very soon. So try it! I promise you’ll at least learn something cool, and I hope you like it as much as the rest of us do.


  1. If you do decide to go on and recieve a degree in HCI, what type of job would you hope for in the long run?

  2. You mentioned getting a Master's in HCI, have you considered any other kind of jobs if HCI is not right for you?

  3. Does the job market for cognitive science have variety? I feel like most of the jobs available would be primarily research based.

  4. In pursuing a master's degree in HCI, what would your career choice be?