Center for Cognitive Archaeology

Certification

Undergraduate Certification

This page describes the purpose and requirements for obtaining the Undergraduate Certificate in Cognitive Archaeology from the Center for the Study of Cognitive Archaeology at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS). These procedures are governed by the policy requirements of the UCCS College of Letters, Arts and Sciences (LAS).

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Courses required for the certificate may be applied to degree programs as determined by the Departments of Anthropology, Psychology, and Philosophy for students meeting all requirements for regular admission to those programs.

UCCS students seeking to complete the certificate may seek financial aid, with eligibility to be governed by existing requirements.

At the completion of certificate requirements and degree requirements, notation of certificate completion shall be added to student transcripts.

Purpose

The Undergraduate Certificate in Cognitive Archaeology provides students at UCCS and throughout the world the opportunity to study the evolutionary development of cognition in Homo sapiens sapiens and other primates through a variety of courses in the UCCS Departments of Psychology, Anthropology, and Philosophy. Cognitive archaeology is a relatively new multidisciplinary field that applies and integrates concepts from the more traditional fields of cognitive psychology, cognitive neurosciences, neuropsychology, anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, and philosophy. Cognitive archaeology considers the origins and adaptive evolutionary purposes of cognitive processes and capabilities such as concept formation, spatial cognition, social cognition, language, symbolic structures, and working memory.

At the present time, this certificate is unique. By offering the certificate through courses taught on campus and online, UCCS is able to offer the certificate to students throughout the world. This educational opportunity is invaluable to students majoring in a variety of disciplines, including psychology, anthropology, philosophy, linguistics, cognitive studies, and interdisciplinary studies.

Certification Requirements

  1. Students shall be currently enrolled at UCCS or concurrently enrolled at an accredited university.
  2. Students shall complete twelve (12) upper-division credit hours (two core and two elective courses) offered by the UCCS Departments of Anthropology, Psychology, and Philosophy, covering the core and elective courses listed under Curriculum.
  3. Students accepted into the certificate program shall maintain a 3.00 GPA once undergraduate courses are started.
  4. Complete a written portfolio for review, consisting of one sample of written work from each class.
  5. Complete evaluation and suggestions for program development.

    Curriculum

    The following table lists the core and elective curriculum for Undergraduate Certification in Cognitive Archaeology through the Center for Cognitive Archaeology at UCCS.

    CourseTitleCredits Type
    ANTH 4310 Cognitive Evolution3.0Core
    ANTH 4915History of Cognitive Archaeology3.0Core
    ANTH 4115Evolution of Ritual and Religion3.0Elective
    ANTH 4105Neurocognition of Art3.0Elective
    ANTH 4255Embodied Cognition and Material Cultural3.0Elective
    ANTH 4125Rock Art and Modern Cognition3.0Elective
    ANTH 4245Evolution of Symbolic Behavior3.0 Elective
    ANTH 4345Paleoneurology3.0Elective
    ANTH 4355Neandertal Cognition3.0Elective
    ANTH 4800Adv Tpc: Anth Linguistics3.0Elective
    PHIL 4200Consciousness3.0Elective
    PHIL 4330Philosophy of Mind3.0Elective


    Certificate Administration

    1. Policy and program administration for the certificate shall fall under the purview of the Center for the Study of Cognitive Archaeology at UCCS.
    2. Student Information System (SIS) requirements
      • The certificate program shall be housed on SIS with the "CERT" designation for degree program. In addition, the certificate, eligibility, and curriculum requirements shall be listed in the Official Catalogue.
      • Upon acceptance into the certificate program, students shall be coded in SIS with the "CERT" designation for the duration of their degree-seeking status.
      • Student status shall be updated in SIS after the certificate has been completed and awarded (i.e., a student's status shall be changed to from ‘classified' to ‘unclassified').
    3. Students accepted into the certificate program shall maintain a 3.00 GPA once undergraduate courses are started.
    4. Courses required for the certificate may be applied to degree programs as determined by the Departments of Anthropology, Psychology, and Philosophy for students meeting all requirements for regular admission to those programs.
    5. UCCS students seeking to complete the certificate may seek financial aid, with eligibility to be governed by existing requirements.
    6. At the completion of certificate requirements and degree requirements, notation of certificate completion shall be added to student transcripts. In order for transcript notation to be implemented, the Departments of Anthropology, Psychology, or Philosophy shall notify Admissions and Records that a student is to be designated for the certificate after completion of all course work.

    Applications

    1. Admission to the certificate program shall comply with all requirements set by the College of Letters, Arts and sciences. As a minimum, students shall:
    2. Be enrolled in an undergraduate degree at UCCS or another accredited institution.
      • Have a grade point average (GPA) that satisfies one of the following criteria: i. GPA of 3.00 or higher.
      • Completed 15 semester hours of relevant undergraduate course work at an accredited university with a GPA of 3.00 or higher.
    3. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Allow four weeks for response. Applications should include the following:
      • Completed admission application form;
      • Personal statement (maximum of 2 pages) describing interest in the program (i.e., objectives and goals for enrolling in the program, whether the certificate relates to current or future work plans, previous work or volunteer activities e relevant to the certificate, educational background and experience as it relates to this certificate program);
      • Current resume;
      • Official transcript(s) of previous education, with minimum 3.00 GPA
    4. Once notified of acceptance in the certificate program, students shall apply to the UCCS Extended Studies Program through the Extended Studies Admissions Process Web site.

    Exit Process
    The certificate shall be awarded (and notation of the student's transcript initiated) upon satisfaction of all requirements. Allow four weeks for transcript annotation and certificate mailing.

    1. Official transcript showing the completion of all degree requirements.
    2. Completion of courses required for the certificate (twelve upper-division credits, including two core and two elective courses);
    3. Portfolio for review, consisting of one sample of written work from each class;
    4. Completed evaluation and suggestions for program development.


    Letters of application, inquiries, and portfolios should be sent to:

    Thomas Wynn, PhD
    Certificate Program Director
    University of Colorado Colorado Springs
    Center for Studies in Cognitive Archaeology
    1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
    Colorado Springs, CO 80918

    Graduate Certification

    This page describes the purpose and requirements for obtaining the Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Archaeology from the Center for the Study of Cognitive Archaeology at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS). These procedures are governed by the policy requirements of the UCCS College of Letters, Arts and Sciences (LAS).

    Quick links:

    Courses required for the certificate may be applied to degree programs as determined by the Departments of Anthropology, Psychology, and Philosophy for students meeting all requirements for regular admission to those programs.

    This page UCCS students seeking to complete the certificate may seek financial aid, with eligibility to be governed by existing requirements.

    At the completion of certificate requirements and degree requirements, notation of certificate completion shall be added to student transcripts.

    Purpose

    This document specifies the procedures for obtaining the Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Archaeology from the Center for Cognitive Archaeology at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS). These procedures will be governed by the policy requirements of the UCCS College of Letters, Arts and Sciences (LAS) and the UCCS Graduate School.

    1. The Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Archaeology provides students at UCCS and throughout the world the opportunity to study the evolutionary development of cognition in humans, early hominins, and non-human primates through a variety of courses offered by the UCCS Departments of Psychology, Anthropology, and Philosophy. Cognitive archaeology is a relatively new multidisciplinary field that applies and integrates concepts from the more traditional fields of cognitive psychology, cognitive neurosciences, neuropsychology, anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, and philosophy. Cognitive archaeology considers the origins and adaptive evolutionary purposes of cognitive processes and capabilities such as concept formation, spatial cognition, social cognition, language, symbolic structures, and working memory.
    2. At the present time, this certificate is unique. By offering a Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Archaeology, UCCS is uniquely positioned to be at the forefront of this educational opportunity, both nationally and internationally.
    3. By offering the certificate through courses taught on campus and online, UCCS is able to market the certificate to students throughout the world. This educational opportunity is invaluable to students majoring in a variety of disciplines, including psychology, anthropology, philosophy, linguistics, cognitive studies, and interdisciplinary studies.
    4. The certificate will not constitute a formal credential for gainful employment.  It is intended only as recognition of a particular course of study.

    Certificate Outline and Requirements

    The certificate may be awarded at the master’s and doctoral levels upon completion of twelve credit hours (total) in specified core and elective courses offered by the UCCS Departments of Anthropology, Psychology, and Philosophy.

    Students shall complete twelve credit hours at the 5000 level, covering the following core and elective courses:

    CourseTitleCredits Type
    ANTH 5310 Cognitive Evolution3.0Core
    ANTH 5915History of Cognitive Archaeology3.0Core
    ANTH 5115Evolution of Ritual and Religion3.0Elective
    ANTH 5125Rock Art and Modern Cognition3.0Elective
    ANTH 5105Neurocognition of Art 3.0Elective
    ANTH 5255Embodied Cognition and Material Cultural3.0Elective
    ANTH 5245Evolution of Symbolic Behavior3.0 Elective
    ANTH 5345Paleoneurology3.0Elective
    ANTH 5355Neandertal Cognition3.0Elective
    ANTH 5800Adv Tpc: Anth Linguistics3.0Elective
    PHIL 5200Consciousness 3.0Elective
    PHIL 5330Philosophy of Mind3.0Elective

    Certificate Administration

    1. Policy and program administration for the certificate shall fall under the purview of the Center for the Study of Cognitive Archaeology at UCCS.
    2. Students accepted into the certificate program shall maintain a 3.00 GPA once graduate courses are started.
    3. Courses required for the certificate may be applied to degree programs as determined by the Departments of Anthropology, Psychology, and Philosophy for students meeting all requirements for regular admission to those programs.
    4. Students seeking to complete the certificate may not seek financial aid tied specifically to this certificate program (financial aid linked to students’ regular degree programs will be unaffected, with eligibility to be governed by existing requirements).
    5. At the completion of certificate requirements (all students) notation of certificate completion shall be added to student transcripts. The Center will send a memo to Admissions and Records to let them know a student has completed the certificate. The Center may inform the department of a degree-seeking student about completion of the certificate.

    Applications

    Admission to the certificate program shall comply with all requirements set by the UCCS Graduate School. As a minimum, students shall:

    1. Have an undergraduate degree (for entry into a master’s program) or a master’s degree (for entry into a doctoral program) from an accredited institution.
    2. Have a grade point average (GPA) that satisfies one of the following criteria:
      • An undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or higher.
      • Completed 15 semester hours of relevant graduate course work at an accredited university with a GPA of 3.00 or higher.
    3. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Allow four weeks for response. Applications should include the following:Once notified of acceptance in the certificate program, students shall apply to the UCCS Extended Studies Program through the Extended Studies Admissions Process Web site.
      • Completed admission application form;
      • Personal statement (maximum of 2 pages) describing interest in the program (i.e., objectives and goals for enrolling in the program, whether the certificate relates to current or future work plans, previous work or volunteer activities  relevant to the certificate, educational background and experience as it relates to this certificate program);
      • Current resume or curriculum vita;
      • Official transcript(s) of previous education, with minimum 3.00 GPA

    Exit Process

    The certificate shall be awarded (and notation of the student’s transcript initiated) upon satisfaction of all requirements. Allow four weeks for transcript annotation and certificate mailing.

    1. Completion of courses required for the certificate (twelve 5000-level credits, including two core and two elective courses);
    2. Portfolio for review, consisting of one sample of written work from each class;
    3. Completed evaluation and suggestions for program development.


    Letters of application, inquiries, and portfolios should be sent to:

    Thomas Wynn
    Certificate Program Director
    University of Colorado Colorado Springs

    Center for Studies in Cognitive Archaeology
    1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
    Colorado Springs, CO 80918

     
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