The graduate Certificate in Cognitive Science of Language requires a minimum of 12-15 s.h. of graduate credit. Designed to complement doctoral study, the certificate program is open to University of Iowa Ph.D. students in linguistics, neuroscience, psychology, and speech and hearing science. Ph.D. students in other disciplines may petition to be permitted to earn the certificate. Students must complete a formal application to enter the certificate program; they should contact the program's coordinator before they apply.

The certificate program ensures that students have training in interdisciplinary approaches to the study of language along with a strong theoretical grounding in their Ph.D. discipline. Certificate students work with their Ph.D. advisor and the certificate program's coordinator to develop an individual plan of study that complements the degree program and career interests of all students. In order to be granted the Certificate in Cognitive Science of Language, students must complete all of the requirements of their Ph.D. program as well as all of the certificate requirements.

Certificate students must participate in the cognitive science of language proseminar, a two-semester (6 s.h.) survey course on the five major disciplines within the language sciences—psychology, formal linguistics, neuroscience, communication disorders, and computational approaches. They also must complete three courses on cognitive science or language outside their field of study. Students can choose from the approved courses in the lists below, or they can petition the program for other courses. Students may enroll in the proseminar and three additional courses before or concurrently with other courses in their programs.

Students must include a faculty member from the Cognitive Sciences of Language Program on their Ph.D. comprehensive and dissertation exam committees.

The Certificate in Cognitive Science of Language requires the following course work.

Disciplinary Courses6-9
Total Hours12-15


Students complete the following two survey courses.

PSY:6101/CSD:6101/LING:6101Cognitive Science of Language Proseminar I3
PSY:6102/CSD:6102/LING:6102Cognitive Science of Language Proseminar II3

Disciplinary Courses

Students take a total of three courses chosen from the following lists (6-9 s.h.).

Communication Sciences and Disorders

CSD:3116/LING:3116Basic Neuroscience for Speech and Hearing3
CSD:3118/LING:3118Language Acquisition1-3
CSD:3122Speech Production: Anatomy and Physiology4
CSD:4145Developmental Language Disorders3
CSD:5146Neurogenic Disorders of Language3
CSD:5206Language Disorders: Birth to Five Years3
CSD:5222Gross Anatomy of Speech/Voice Production2
CSD:5224System and Signal Theory for Speech and Hearing Science3
CSD:5256Anatomy and Physiology of Hearing3-4
CSD:5282Phonological Development and Disorders2
CSD:6230Advanced Hearing Science2
CSD:6538Seminar: Hearing Science1


Introduction to Syntax (LING:5010) has a corequisite, LING:5000 Proseminar: Morphosyntax, which does not count toward the certificate.

LING:3030Child Language-Linguistic Perspectives3
LING:4090Practical Phonetics3
LING:5010/SLA:5010Introduction to Syntax3
LING:5020/SLA:5020Introduction to Phonology3
LING:6050Language Universals Linguistic Typology3
LING:6080/SLA:6452Topics in Second Language Acquisition3
LING:7090/SLA:7404Seminar: Problems in Linguistics2-3


NSCI:6240/NEUR:6240Topics in Cognitive Neuroscience3

Psychological and Brain Sciences

PSY:3670/LING:3670Language Processes3
PSY:7020Seminar: Cognitive Neuroscience0-2
PSY:7430Seminar: Cognitive Development0-3
PSY:7610Seminar: Cognitive Psychology2

Second Language Acquisition

SLA:6901/ASIA:6901/FREN:6901/JPNS:6901/SPAN:6901Second Language Acquisition Research and Theory3
SLA:6902/ASIA:6903/SPAN:6902Second Language Acquisition Research and Theory II3

Spanish and Portuguese

SPAN:4100/SLA:4301Introduction to Spanish Phonology3
SPAN:4150/SLA:4300Introduction to Spanish Syntax3
SPAN:6110/SLA:6303Spanish Phonology3
SPAN:6120/SLA:6304Spanish Syntax3
SPAN:6150/SLA:6301Topics in Spanish Language Acquisition3