Bachelor - Cognitive Studies

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Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Studies program is a multidisciplinary degree program designed to provide you with an understanding of how the brain works and the effects of psychology and neuroscience on learning and decision making. Read more about this online bachelor's degree program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

As a student of Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Studies online program, you will have the opportunity to learn in-depth information about the brain and its role in how human beings function. Multidisciplinary in approach, this generalist degree program features coursework in education, neuroscience, and psychology. The intent is to provide an intensive overview of how people learn, make decisions, and address problems in their daily lives. You will take classes designed to explain the stages of brain development and how impaired cognitive and psychological functioning can adversely impact a person's ability to learn and overall quality of life.

How Can I Prepare?

Before enrolling in Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Studies program, you should have an interest in learning about brain development, including psychological and cognition concepts that impact human learning and decision making. As an applicant to Ashford University, you should possess a high school diploma or its equivalent; some programs may have more specific requirements.

What Are the Course Requirements?

You will be required to earn 120 credits to successfully complete the Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Studies degree from Ashford University. This credit total includes 52 credits in general education courses, 36 credits in major coursework, and 32 credits in electives.

Cognitive Studies Course Requirements

Course NumberCourse Title
Introductory Course Requirements
EXP 105Personal Dimensions of Education
Major Course Requirements
EDU 100 Issues in Education
PSY 101Introduction to Psychology
ECE 205Introduction to Child Development
ESE 370Learning and the Brain
EDU 338Human Development and Learning
ESE 315Survey of Exceptional Students
ECE 315Language Development in Young Children
EDU 411Reading and Cognition
EDU 382Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners
PSY 317Cognitive Functioning in the Elderly
PSY 323Perception, Learning, and Cognition
EDU 416Intelligence Assessment
EDU 417Cognitive Studies Capstone

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Certification and Licensure Terms and Conditions.

If you want to become a classroom teacher, contact your state's education authorities prior to enrolling at Ashford to determine what state-specific requirements you must complete before obtaining your teacher's license. Ashford graduates will be subject to additional requirements on a state-by-state basis that will include one or more of the following: student teaching or practicum experience, additional coursework, additional testing, or, if the state requires a specific type of degree to seek alternative certification, earning an additional degree. None of Ashford's online education programs are CAEP*, TEAC or NCATE accredited, which is a requirement for certification in some states. Other factors, such as a student's criminal history, may prevent an applicant from obtaining licensure or employment in this field of study.

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What Can I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Studies program is designed to provide a multidisciplinary education that could open up diverse career opportunities. After completing this program, you could potentially explore non-clinical, non-managerial opportunities in such fields as education and health.

Entry-level positions that you could pursue include but are not limited to:

  • Instructional assistant
  • Instructional assistant for special needs students
  • Behavioral health technician
  • Rehabilitation specialist
  • Developmental delay specialist
  • Patient care specialist
  • Social and human services assistant
  • Mental health assistant
  • Textbook designer
  • Instructional designer
  • Residential advisor

Advanced Degrees

Upon completion of Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Studies program, you might decide to apply to a master's degree program. A graduate degree could be required for some positions in the field or might be used for career advancement purposes. Advanced degree programs you could apply to include:

  • Master of Arts in Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Education