Graduate students in good standing in one of the participating academic units—Psychology and Neuroscience, Philosophy; Computer Science; Linguistics; Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences; Education; and Architecture and Planning—may apply to earn a Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Science or Human Language Technology (HLT). Earning such a certificate can significantly enhance a student’s academic knowledge and career choices. The Graduate Certificate and HLT consists of course requirements only. Review the cognitive science course catalog for course offerings, and also review the program completion checklist to determine progress toward earning the certificate.
Upon completion of the program requirements, students must provide a transcript to the Academic Program Director. The Academic Program Director will review the transcript to ascertain whether the student has met the requirements. Once approved, the Institute will contact the Registrar's Office to include the certification on the student's official record. Certificates are awarded at the Institute's spring celebration.
Required Core Courses:
The explosive growth of the Web and the vast improvements in computing power in the last decade have led to a strong need for education and research in human language technology. Human language technology is an interdisciplinary field that includes the following key technological and scientific areas:
CU-Boulder’s interdisciplinary Certificate in Human Language Technology, offered jointly by ICS, the Center for Computational Language and EducAtion Research, the Department of Computer Science, the Department of Linguistics, and the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, provides a rich and broad background for students interested in computational tools for human language processing.
The Human Language Technology Program offers a master’s-level certificate, which accompanies a normal MA or MS degree in one of the three human language technology disciplines:
The program is available to currently enrolled CU-Boulder master’s or PhD students in any of the three fields above, including students enrolled in a 5-year concurrent MA/BA program. Interested students should contact the HLT Curriculum Committee member in the appropriate department.
Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences
Students interested in the HLT Certificate who are not currently enrolled at CU-Boulder must first apply to and be admitted to a Graduate Program in one of the three participating departments. Prospective students should contact an HLT Curriculum Committee member to register interest in the HLT program; the HLT Curriculum Committee member can then forward the student’s inquiry to the Institute of Cognitive Science office.
The curriculum for the certificate consists of five different courses:
Three of these five required courses must be taken at the graduate level.
While the certificate only requires CSCI 1300 (Programming) we strongly recommend other programming courses, especially CSCI 2270 (Data Structures), but also LING 5200 (Computational Corpus Linguistics and Python Programming), or TLEN 5833. We also recommend any relevant statistics course, such as SLHS 2100, PSYC 3101, PSYC 5741/5751, or EDUC 5716.
Students must take three courses from this core list. At least two of the three must be outside the student’s home department and college.
Courses in Designing and Using Interactive Language Systems
Courses in Speech and Language Technologies
Courses in Human Communication
Students must take at least one other course from this optional list (or two if the programming requirement was waived)