Please visit the Cognitive Science Program for more information about this major/concentration at the University of Virginia.   

Field of Study: The scientific study of the structure, acquisition, and use of knowledge.

Post-Graduate Occupations of past Cognitive Science Majors

  • Financial Planners
  • Software Engineers
  • Consultants
  • Therapists
  • Speech Pathologists
  • Dentists
  • Attorneys
  • Physicians
  • Professors
  • Marketing Analysts

Professional Associations

Build Your Resume

Don't forget to pursue opportunities outside of your schoolwork. Your major is one of many lenses you might use to look at possible careers.  Explore UVA Career Center resources on internships, externships, part-time jobs, and extracurricular activities. Actively participating in these experiences can help clarify current goals and future interests, while building skills that employers want. Below are some ideas on how you can enhance your resume:

  • Gain skills in explaining complex scientific research.
  • Become proficient in relevant computer programs and software.
  • Develop a deep understanding of environmental human needs.
  • Join related professional associations as a student member.
  • Consider earning vendor-specific certifications (i.e Microsoft).
  • Gain experience through volunteer opportunities, internships, and/or part-time jobs.
  • Consider attending graduate school in area of interest.