Cognitive Science of Language, Graduate Certificate

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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 PhD students in linguistics, neuroscience, psychology, and speech and hearing science. PhD 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 PhD discipline. Certificate students work with their PhD advisor and the certificate program's coordinator to develop an individual plan of study that complements their degree program and career interests. In order to be granted the Certificate in Cognitive Science of Language, students must complete all of the requirements of their PhD 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 following lists, 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 PhD comprehensive and dissertation exam committees.

The Certificate in Cognitive Science of Language requires the following coursework.

Requirements Hours
Proseminar 6
Disciplinary Courses 6-9


Course # Title Hours
Both of these:
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 at least 6–9 s.h. from the following lists (typically three courses).

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Course # Title Hours
CSD:3116/LING:3116Basic Neuroscience for Speech and Hearing3
CSD:3118/LING:3118Language Acquisition1-3
CSD:4145Developmental Language Disorders3
CSD:5146Neurogenic Disorders of Language3
CSD:5256Anatomy and Physiology of Hearing3-4
CSD:5282Phonological Development and Disorders2
CSD:6538Advanced Topics in Speech, Language, and Hearing Research1


Course # Title Hours
LING:3030Child Language-Linguistic Perspectives3
LING:4090Practical Phonetics3
LING:5010/SLA:5010Introduction to Syntax (requires a corequisite course which does not count toward the certificate)3
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

Psychological and Brain Sciences

Course # Title Hours
PSY:3670/LING:3670Language Processes3
PSY:7610Seminar: Cognitive Psychology2-3

Spanish and Portuguese

Course # Title Hours
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