Symbolic Systems, Certificate

Symbolic Systems, Certificate
Location: 
Tempe
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Program Description

The symbolic systems certificate takes an interdisciplinary approach to the symbolic representation and processing of information. Course work covers three areas:

  • computing and logic
  • human cognition and theories of mind
  • philosophy of language and linguistics

Certificate course work exposes students to the subject matter from conceptual, empirical and practical points of view. The certificate may interest students who wish to add breadth to their degree through work in a variety of majors, including:

  • computer science
  • linguistics
  • mathematics
  • philosophy
  • psychology

The certificate takes an interdisciplinary approach to cognition, computation and meaning. Course work is focused around three thematic areas in order to expose students to the subject matter from a conceptual, empirical and practical point of view:

  • cognitive systems
  • linguistic systems
  • symbolic systems

Although some suggested courses have prerequisites, the breadth of disciplinary course options make it likely that many students will find they have already completed necessary prerequisites in the course of completing their chosen major or minor.

Program Requirements

The certificate in symbolic systems consists of 18 credit hours approved by an academic advisor in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies. Students must complete at least one computer science and engineering CSE prefix course and at least one philosophy course, preferably PHI 333 Symbolic Logic (3). Fifteen credit hours are chosen from the following, with at least one course required from each area:

  • cognitive systems
  • linguistic systems
  • symbolic systems

Since some of the approved courses in each area have special prerequisites, students should plan their certificate course work carefully. With written approval from the director of undergraduate studies, one substitution of a course from outside the approved list may be made. At least 12 of the 18 credit hours must be upper-division and all courses must be passed with a minimum grade of "C" (2.00).

Enrollment Requirements

Any student admitted to study at ASU may complete a certificate. To apply to the university, please complete the Office of Admissions online application. Please contact the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies advising center for more information.