The Linguistics and Cognitive Science Department offers a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of language and mind, with a focus on the central role of language in understanding the nature of cognition. The undergraduate major features core courses in linguistics and cognitive science followed by a choice of two tracks: one emphasizing linguistics and the other cognitive science.
The curriculum is intercollegiate, offering courses taught at Pitzer and Scripps as well as Pomona, and multi-disciplinary, offering courses in philosophy, music, computer science, psychology and neuroscience.
2012 Senior Thesis Awards
John Purvis Prize for best Cognitive Science thesis:
Joel Fishbein, Voltaire was forged, but more easily duped: Investigating the lexical access of polysemes
Glass Linguistics Prize for best Linguistics thesis:
Kristen Piepgrass, Pitch Accents for Presupposed Information in Russian Matrix Clauses
Karen Kossuth Linguistics Prize for most innovative Linguistics thesis:
Arianna Schreiber, READ THIS! GET FREE PIZZA! An Ethnographic and Linguistic Investigation of a Liberal Arts College’s Email Subject Lines