The 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.

All 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 approved courses chosen from the lists below, and they must include a faculty member in the cognitive sciences of language on their Ph.D. comprehensive and dissertation exam committees. Students may enroll in the proseminar and three additional courses before or concurrently with other courses in their programs.

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

Proseminar6
Disciplinary Courses6-9
Total Hours12-15

Proseminar

All certificate students complete the following two survey courses.

PSY:6101Cognitive Science of Language Proseminar I3
PSY:6102Cognitive Science of Language Proseminar II3

Disciplinary Courses

Students take a total of three courses chosen from the following lists.

Communication Sciences and Disorders

CSD:3116Basic Neuroscience for Speech and Hearing3
CSD:3118Language Acquisition1-3
CSD:3122Speech Production: Anatomy and Physiology4
CSD:4145Developmental Language Disorders3
CSD:4146Neurogenic Disorders of Language3
CSD:5206Language Disorders: Birth to Five Years3
CSD:5222Speech and Hearing Anatomy2
CSD:5224System and Signal Theory for Speech and Hearing Science3
CSD:5233Aphasia2
CSD:5256Anatomy and Physiology of Hearing3-4
CSD:5282Phonological Development and Disorders2
CSD:6520Seminar: M.A. Language2
CSD:6522Clinical Speech Physiology2
CSD:6538Seminar: Hearing Science2

Computer Science

CS:4460Introduction to Computational Linguistics3

Linguistics

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:5010Introduction to Syntax3
LING:5020Introduction to Phonology3
LING:6050Language Universals Linguistic Typology3
LING:6080Generative Second Language Acquisition3
LING:7090Seminar: Problems in Linguistics2-3

Neuroscience

NSCI:6240Topics in Cognitive Neuroscience3

Psychological and Brain Sciences

PSY:3085Language Development3
PSY:3670Language Processes3
PSY:6450Processes of Language Acquisition3
PSY:6490Dynamic Systems and Development3
PSY:7020Seminar: Cognitive Neuroscience0-2
PSY:7430Seminar: Cognitive Development0-3
PSY:7610Seminar: Cognitive Psychology2

Second Language Acquisition

SLA:6901Second Language Acquisition Research and Theory3
SLA:6902Second Language Acquisition Research and Theory II3

Spanish and Portuguese

SPAN:4100Introduction to Spanish Phonology3
SPAN:4150Introduction to Spanish Syntax3
SPAN:6110Spanish Phonology3
SPAN:6120Spanish Syntax3
SPAN:6150Topics in Spanish Language Acquisition3