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I have no idea what subforum to post this on because cognitive science is pretty much a mixture of everything Is this a good major? I've heard that you can do stuff like Human-Computer Interaction with it. Then again, people will justify stuff like Native Studies. I've heard many mixed reactions with this degree, just like psychology, but mostly negative...

Also, what kind of jobs can you get from it, and is it any better than psychology? Thanks for all your help.
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I have no idea what subforum to post this on because cognitive science is pretty much a mixture of everything Is this a good major? I've heard that you can do stuff like Human-Computer Interaction with it. Then again, people will justify stuff like Native Studies. I've heard many mixed reactions with this degree, just like psychology, but mostly negative...

Also, what kind of jobs can you get from it, and is it any better than psychology? Thanks for all your help.
Depends on what you like, really... I didn't know it existed when I applied, but it would have been the best choice of degree for me because I like psychology/neuroscience, philosophy, linguistics and computer science. That's essentially the group of subjects it encompasses. Now I've never personally talked to anyone doing the degree, but I'd imagine two disadvantages with doing it at the undergraduate level:

1) you get a broad range of courses so you might not be very specialised when you graduate - the upside of this is you get to experience a lot so you might come out knowing better what you're interested in - and you're probably going to be quite desirable with a wide range of skills depending on what field you want to go into!

2) psychology is a much more established degree, so the universities that offer psychology on average might be more reputable than cognitive science (at the undergraduate level). Now there are some great unis offering cognitive science (e.g. edinburgh) but you have a greater pick of the 'great' unis by going for the more 'traditional' psychology degree.

As for jobs, in theory you could go into a wide range of academic research positions in any of the subjects in cognitive science, as well for non-academic jobs, you might go into clinical psychology if you were really motivated, speech-related jobs, programming jobs, etc. It depends on the precise course and the skills they teach you, but you have your options. However, as I say, if you have your mind set on a specific career goal that is not interdisciplinary, you might prefer to pick e.g. just psychology, as you will be competing against others with more experience in that subject than you if you go for cognitive science.
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