Symbolic, Cognitive and Linguistic Systems  (Certificate)

The logic of mathematics and computing is combined with the deep-thinking process of philosophy in this program that challenges both your right and left brain to prepare you for future goals with skills in language, theory and logic.

Program Description

The certificate program in symbolic, cognitive and linguistic systems takes a transdisciplinary approach to the symbolic representation and processing of information in human cognition; natural languages; and formal mathematical, logical and computing systems.

Coursework covers three areas: human cognition and theories of mind, philosophy of language and linguistics, and computing and logic.

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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Additional Program Fee: No
  • Second Language Requirement: No

Program Requirements

A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.

Enrollment Requirements

The certificate requires completion of 18 credit hours from the approved course list below, of which at least 12 hours must be upper-division. Six upper-division credits must be taken through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. A grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or better is required for all courses used toward the certificate. Within the 18 required hours, students must meet the following requirements

    1. completion of at least one CSE course from approved course list
    2. completion of at least one PHI course from approved course list, preferably PHI 319 Philosophy, Computing and Artificial Intelligence, CS (3), PHI 331 Philosophy of Language, HU (3) or PHI 333 Symbolic Logic (3)
    3. completion of at least one course from each area in approved course list

Cognitive Systems:

PHI 313 Probability, Evidence and Decision (3)
PHI 330 Theory of Knowledge, HU (3)
PHI 334 Philosophy of Mind, HU (3)
PHI 401 Rationalism(3)**
PHI 402 Empiricism, HU (3)**
PSY 323 Sensation and Perception (3)*
PSY 324 Memory and Cognition (3)*
PSY 434 Cognitive Psychology, L (3)*
PSY 437 Human Factors, L (3)*

Linguistic Systems:

ASB 480 Principles of Linguistics (3)
ASB 483 Sociolinguistics and the Ethnography of Communication, SB (3)
ENG 213 Introduction to the Study of Language (3)
ENG 312 English in its Social Setting, L or HU or SB (3)*
ENG 313 Phonology and Morphology (3)*
ENG 314 Modern Grammar (3)*
PHI 331 Philosophy of Language, HU (3)

Symbolic Systems:
CSE 110 Principles of Programming, CS (3)
CSE 205 Object-oriented Programming and Data Structures, CS (3)*
CSE 240 Introduction to Programming Languages (3)*
MAT 243 Discrete Mathematical Structures (3)
MAT 300 Mathematical Structures, L (3)*
MAT 420 Scientific Computing (3)*
PHI 319 Philosophy, Computing and Artificial Intelligence, CS (3)
PHI 333 Symbolic Logic (3)
PHI 413 Advanced Symbolic Logic (3)**

*Course has prerequisites which must be completed or in progress prior to enrollment. To determine prerequisites, please check the course description in class search.

**If not a philosophy major with 56 credit hours of completed course work, permission is required. Please meet with an academic advisor in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies.

With the approval of the director of undergraduate studies, students may substitute one course not on approved course list. Please obtain approval prior to enrolling in any course not on the approved list.

Depending upon a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

Program Contact Information

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