Frequently Asked Questions about the Certificate in Computational Linguistics
How long does it take to complete the certificate?
One year. Note that Ling 124 (Computers and Spoken Language) and Ling 115 (Corpus Linguistics) are offered only in the Fall, and Ling 165 (Computers and Written Language) is offered only in the Spring.
Can I get admitted just to the Computational Linguistics Certificate program?
Yes, it is possible though we do not encourage students to merely get admitted to the Certificate program. Please contact the Coordinator or the Chair of the Linguistics and Language Development Department before you initiate the application process as they will be able to inform you of the department's current policy regarding admission to the certificate program.
I don't have any training in Linguistics and/or Computer Science. Am I eligible to complete the Certificate in Computational Linguistics?
Yes. Ling 101 provides an introduction to Linguistics that is sufficient for students with no background in this area. The three computational courses---Ling 115, 124, and 165---do not require a background in Computer Science or Mathematics, although such a background will certainly help.
I am doing my Bachelor degree at SJSU. I want to earn a certificate in Computational Linguistics. What should I do?
You need to complete 6 classes and fulfill the programming requirement. You should also make an appointment to meet with the Coordinator or the Chair of the Department. Please call 924-4413 to make an appointment.
Can I complete all my classes through Open University for earning a certificate in Computational Linguistics?
Theoretically speaking, yes, it is possible though we do not encourage you to do so. As a student enrolling through Open University, you will be given last priority for seats in the classes.
How do I fulfill the programming requirement?
You must be able to demonstrate competence with at least one programming language, such as C(++), Java, Lisp, Perl, Prolog, Python, R, or Ruby. Most students satisfy the requirement by completing a large programming project in Ling 165. Other students fulfill the requirement by submitting a copy of a substantial computer program they have written on their own or for another class.
I've completed all six classes with a 3.0 grade average. What do I do now?
Go to the LLD office and fill out the form, Petition for the Certificate in Computational Linguistics [doc].
Will the certificate help me get a job?
Yes. There is good demand for skills in computational linguistics, especially in Silicon Valley. Many of our certificate students have pursued internships at local companies, some of which have turned into full-time positions. In recent years our students have interned at, or worked full time at, these local companies: Bosch, InQuira, Nuance, Ordinate, Sehda, Spanlink, SRI International, TellMe, and Yahoo!.