Benefits of a Cognitive Studies Degree


Everyone learns differently. Picture a training scenario at your company, with you explaining a new work process to your colleagues. Some people might pick it up just by hearing your instructions, while others may need you to sit down with them and demonstrate how it’s done. Teaching and training require patience, but the process is easier when you’re able to understand how each learner processes information.

This kind of understanding is where cognitive science comes into play. The study of the mind as it relates to such fields as psychology, linguistics, and neuroscience has long been the focus of educators attempting to reach young students. But outside of the classroom, it’s been argued that having someone trained in the cognitive studies is just as critical to a company’s success as having good leadership at the helm, because cognitive experts know how people think, can anticipate behaviors and reactions, and are experts at controlling their emotions (Conroy, n.d.).

With employers putting a premium on financial acumen, critical thinking, and the ability to process large amounts of data, a wider variety of students are steering themselves toward cognitive studies.

Recognizing that a “one size fits all” approach will not work in modern professional settings, Ashford’s Cognitive Studies program hones in on unique learning and listening behaviors, as well as the factors that inhibit or enhance learning, according to Dr. Maureen Lienau, Program Chair of the Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Studies at Ashford University.

The program, which includes education courses such as Intelligence Assessment as well as psychology courses such as Perception, Learning and Cognition, sees students creating their own tutoring programs and training manuals based on the needs of individual learners – both children and adults. Whereas traditional educators or managers may have trouble reaching a student with special needs or an adult living with a mental illness, someone with advanced knowledge of cognitive science would know how to engage the learner on another level.

“Some learners learn best when working with others, some when music is used, others visually, others when they talk, and still others hands-on,” Dr. Lienau said. “Our students recognize their role is to discover who their learners are, how they learn best, and develop strategies to help them master new learning.”


Written by Jason R. Latham, Content Manager for Bridgepoint Education.

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