Behavioral neuroscience is an interdisciplinary major that combines topics in psychology, biology, chemistry, philosophy and other disciplines. The relationship between the brain's function and the behavior we can readily see in each other is examined at multiple levels of analysis, from how a cell functions to how a facial expression conveys trust or fear.
Connecticut College offers students an unusually wide range of opportunities to explore a topic, issue or problem using the conceptual framework and tools of more than one academic discipline. Students may choose an established interdisciplinary major or design one in consultation with faculty advisers and the Committee on Student-Designed Interdisciplinary Majors and Minors (SDIMM).
Students in any major may also earn a certificate from one of the College's innovative interdisciplinary centers. Requirements for the certificate programs include a challenging combination of coursework, in-depth research and a funded summer internship in the U.S. or abroad.
The four certificate-granting academic centers are:
- Ammerman Center for Arts & Technology
- Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment
- Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy
- Toor Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts (CISLA)
A fifth center, the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, is the College's hub for researching and teaching race and ethnicity across the disciplines.