Symbolic, Cognitive and Linguistic Systems

Symbolic, Cognitive and Linguistic Systems, Certificate

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Symbolic, Cognitive and Linguistic Systems, Certificate


Computer, Psychology, language, logic, philosophy

The logic of mathematics and computing is combined with the deep-thinking thought process of philosophy to create a program that challenges both right-brain and left-brain thinkers and prepares them for future goals with skills in language, theory and logic.


The symbolic, cognitive and linguistic systems certificate program 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.

At a Glance
Program Requirements

The certificate requires 18 credit hours, of which at least 12 must be upper-division. At least six upper-division credit hours must be taken through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. A grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or higher is required for all courses used toward the certificate.
Required Course (Choose one) -- 3 credit hours
Upper Division Philosophy Course (Choose one) -- 3 credit hours
Electives -- 12 credit hours
Elective (3)
Upper Division Electives (9)
Students must complete at least one course each from the cognitive, linguistic and symbolic systems course lists below to earn the certificate. The required CSE course above also satisfies the requirement for a symbolic systems course, but students must cover the other two categories within the electives and upper division PHI course requirement. Once all three categories are satisfied, students may choose any courses from the cognitive, linguistic and symbolic systems lists for the remaining electives.
Cognitive Systems
Linguistic Systems
Symbolic Systems
With the approval of the director of undergraduate studies, students may substitute one course not on the approved course lists. Please obtain approval prior to enrolling in any course not on the approved list.
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

Enrollment Requirements

Students should contact the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies advising center for more information.

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.

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