Logic Certificate Program

“How critical is logic? I will tell you: In every corner of the known universe, you will find either the presence of logical arguments or, more significantly, the absence.”

— V. K. Samadar

Logic is a part of every discipline. There is reasoning in every field of inquiry. There are rules behind every work of art, behind every natural language. There is inference in every intelligence, human and inhuman. Every issue of law and public policy bends to the power of logic.

The study of logic itself is thus of the greatest importance. The Logic Certificate Program brings together aspects of logic from different regions of the curriculum: philosophy, mathematics, computer science and linguistics. The program is designed to acquaint students with the uses of logic and initiate them in the profound mysteries and discoveries of modern logic.

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Faculty

Alexander George, Philosophy

Lee Spector, Cognitive Science, Computer Science

G. Lee Bowie, Philosophy (Emeritus)
Samuel Mitchell, Philosophy

Jay Garfield, Philosophy
Theresa Helke, Philosophy
Albert Mosley, Philosophy (Emeritus)
Melissa Yates, Philosophy

Phillip Bricker, Philosophy
Gary Hardegree, Philosophy
Neil Immerman, Computer Science
Kevin Klement, Philosophy
Angelika Kratzer, Linguistics
Barbara Partee, Linguistics and Philosophy (Emerita)
Alejandro Pérez Carballo, Philosophy

Certificate Requirements

The basic requirement for the logic certificate is six courses from the list of Five College logic courses.

For more details, please review the Five College Logic Certificate Program Completion Form (below).

No more than four courses can be counted toward the certificate from any single discipline (philosophy, linguistics, mathematics, computer science).

At least two courses must be taken at an advanced level (500 or above at UMass, 300 or above at Smith, Hampshire, Mt. Holyoke or Amherst).

At least one course should expose students to the basic metatheory of first-order logic including incompleteness. Courses satisfying this requirement include:

Smith: Philosophy 220
Amherst: Math 385
UMass Amherst: Philosophy 513, 514
Mount Holyoke: Philosophy 327

Students must receive grades of at least "B" in each course counting toward the certificate.

Courses

Spring 2022 Logic Courses

01
4.00

Samuel Mitchell

MWF 08:55AM-09:45AM

Mount Holyoke College
116556
smitchel@mtholyoke.edu
This course develops a symbolic system that can be used as the basis for inference in all fields. It will provide syntax and semantics for the language of this system and investigate its adequacy. It provides the basis for all further work in logic or in the philosophical foundations of mathematics. Much of the course has a mathematical flavor, but no knowledge of mathematics is necessary.
Instructor Permission: Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.

01
4.00

TU TH 4:10 PM - 5:25 PM

Smith College
PHI-101-01-202203
The course provides an introduction to deductive and inductive logic. It introduces classical Aristotelian and modern truth-functional logic; explains the relationship between truth-functional logic, information science and probability; and it introduces basic features of statistical and causal reasoning in the sciences. This course is designed for students who are uncomfortable with symbolic systems. It is not a follow-up to PHI 102. Students who have taken PHI 102 cannot receive credit for taking PHI 101 subsequently. Students who have taken PHI 101 can subsequently receive credit for taking PHI 102. Enrollment limited to 24.
Instructor Permission: Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.

01
3.00

Kevin Klement

TU TH 1:00PM 2:15PM

UMass Amherst
33629

Integ. Learning Center S240

klement@philos.umass.edu
An introduction to symbolic logic, including sentential and predicate logic. Its purpose is to familiarize you with certain formal methods for representing and evaluating arguments and reasoning. These methods can be used not only for philosophy, but for any subject matter. The focus is on translating English statements into symbolic notation, and evaluating arguments for validity using formal proof techniques. (Gen. Ed. R2)
Instructor Permission: Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.

Regularly Offered Logic Courses

Introductory symbolic logic courses:
Smith: Logic 100, Philosophy 202
Amherst: Philosophy 213
UMass Amherst: Philosophy 110

Critical thinking courses:
Mount Holyoke: Philosophy 210

Introductory symbolic logic for mathematics students:
Amherst: Mathematics 385
UMass Amherst: Philosophy 513, 514
Mount Holyoke: Philosophy 225

Incompleteness:
Smith: Philosophy 220
Amherst: Mathematics 385
UMass Amherst: Philosophy 513, 514
Mount Holyoke: Philosophy 327

Various topics in logic and philosophy:
Smith: Philosophy 203
Amherst: Philosophy 350
UMass Amherst: Philosophy 310, 511, 512, 594, 710
Hampshire: Computer Science 210
Mount Holyoke: Philosophy 328 

Various topics in computer science: 
Smith: Computer Science 250, 270, 290, 294
Amherst: Computer Science 161, 241, 401
UMass Amherst: Computer Science 250, 401, 513, 601
Hampshire: Computer Science 175, 263
Mount Holyoke: Computer Science 311

Various topics in mathematics: 
Smith: Mathematics 217
Amherst: Mathematics 380

Various topics in linguistics: 
Smith: Computer Science 294
UMass Amherst: Linguistics 510, 610, 620, 720
Hampshire: Computer Science 166, 210

Contact Us

Five College Staff Liaison:

Ray Rennard, Director of Academic Programs