Undergraduate Programs

Minor Programs

Minor in Philosophy

For questions about the Minor in Philosophy, please contact Professor Susan Russinoff, who serves as advisor for the program.

[NOTE: Each course is typically assigned 3 credits, or "SHUs" (Semester-hour units.) Please check SIS for course information, or learn more about SHUs.]

The minor in Philosophy requires the completion of six (6) courses including:

  1. ONE from:
    • PHIL 1 Introduction to Philosophy
    • PHIL 3 Language and Mind
    • PHIL 6 Reasoning and Critical Thinking
    • PHIL 24 Introduction to Ethics
    • PHIL 33 Logic
    • PHIL 39 Knowing and Being
    • PHIL 43 Justice, Equality and Liberty
    • PHIL 48 Feminist Philosophy
  2. TWO courses at the 100-level, and
  3. THREE other Philosophy courses

All courses used in fulfillment of a disciplinary minor at Tufts must be taken for a grade. No more than two courses used to fulfill a foundation, distribution, or concentration requirement may be counted toward fulfillment of the minor. Students may not complete both a minor and a concentration in the same discipline, nor may they enroll in more than one disciplinary minor.

Minor in Cognitive and Brain Sciences

For questions about the Cognitive and Brain Sciences minor, please contact Jaouad Elkamouss or Professor Brian Epstein.

The minor in Cognitive and Brain Sciences requires seven courses. At least five of these must be in departments different from the student's major. The selection of courses must be approved by the student's advisor.

  1. PSY 9 Introduction to Cognitive and Brain Sciences
  2. PHIL 15 Introduction to Linguistics and/or COMP 15 Data Structures
  3. PSY 195 Senior Seminar in Cognitive and Brain Sciences (fall only, 2 SHUs)
  4. The remainder of the seven courses are to be selected from at least two of the following groups:
    1. Psychology Courses:

      PSY 11 Developmental Psychology
      PSY 25 Physiological Psychology
      PSY 26 Animal Learning and Cognition
      PSY 27 Perception
      PSY 28 Cognitive Psychology
      CSHD 51 Intellectual Development of Young Children
      PSY 80 Psychology of Music
      PSY 103 Brain and Behavior
      PSY 118 Topics in Infancy
      PSY 122 Cognitive Aging
      PSY 126 Origins of Cognition
      PSY 129 Cognitive Neuroscience
      PSY 140 Mathematical Psychology
      PSY 142 Seminar in Affective Neuroscience
      PSY 144 Memory and Retention
      PSY 145 Mental Representation
      PSY 180 Music, Language, and the Brain
    2. Philosophy, Linguistics, and Psycholinguistics Courses:

      PHIL 3 Language and Mind
      PHIL 33 or 103 Logic
      PHIL 38 Rational Choice
      PHIL 110/PSY 153 Biological Foundations of Language
      PHIL 111/PSY 150 Semantics
      PHIL 112/PSY 151 Syntactic Theory
      PHIL 113/PSY 132 Cognition of Society and Culture
      PHIL 114 Topics in Logic
      PHIL 117 Philosophy of Mind
      PHIL 126 Theories of Human Nature
      PHIL 133 Philosophy of Language
      PHIL 134 Philosophy of Social Science
      PHIL 170 Computation Theory
      PHIL 191 Foundations of Cognitive Science
      PSY 149 Psychology of Language
      PSY 152 Psychology of Bilingualism
      PSY 155 Phonological Theory
      CSHD 152 Development of Thought and Language
      CSHD 155 The Young Child's Development of Language
      CSHD 177 Bilingual Studies
      CSHD 195 Developmental Disorders in Language and Reading
      CSHD 243 Reading, Dyslexia, and the Brain
      ED/ML/GER 144 Linguistic Approaches to Second Language Acquisition
    3. Computer Science Courses:

      COMP 131 Artificial Intelligence
      COMP 135 Machine Learning and Data Mining
      COMP 150 BBR Behavior-Based Robotics
      COMP 150 MOD Computational Models in Cognitive Science
      COMP 170 Computation Theory
      COMP 171 Human Computer Interaction

Other courses may be admitted for the minor with the approval of the student's advisor and advisor notification of the DARS coordinator at Student Services.

Minor in Linguistics

For questions about the Linguistics minor, please contact Jaouad Elkamouss.

The minor in Linguistics has three components. First, it offers students a grounding in contemporary linguistic theory and its constituent domains of phonology (sound structure), morphology (word structure), syntax (grammatical structure), and semantics (the structure of meaning), with attention to a great variety found among languages of the world. Second, the minor addresses the interaction of the study of language with fields as diverse as philosophy, literature, child development, neuroscience, and evolutionary theory. Third, as part of the appreciation of linguistic diversity, the minor requires students to develop proficiency in one or more foreign languages.

Language Requirement: Students may not use the Culture Option to fulfill Part 2 of the Arts and Sciences Foreign Language Requirement; they must either complete six semesters (or equivalent) of one foreign language, or three semesters each (or equivalent) of two foreign languages.

The selection of courses must be approved by the student's linguistics advisor. Students may petition their advisor to include other courses in category 3.

In addition to the language requirement, the minor in Linguistics requires six courses, of which no more than two may also be used toward the student's major.

The minor in Linguistics requires six courses, including:

  1. LING 15/PHIL 15/PSY 64 Introduction to Linguistics
  2. TWO of the following:
    • LING 112/PHIL 112/ PSY 151 Syntactic Theory
    • LING 113/ PHIL 111/ PSY 150 Semantics
    • LING 155/ PSY 155 Phonological Theory
  3. THREE of the following:
    • A third course from category 2
    • LING/PHIL 3 Language and Mind
    • LING/PHIL 33 or 103 Logic
    • LING 92/ML 96 Romance Linguistics
    • LING 101/ENG 101 Old English
    • LING 114/ED/ML/GER 114 Linguistic Approaches to Second Language Acquisition
    • LING/PHIL 133 Philosophy of Language
    • LING 137/ANTH 137 Language and Culture
    • LING/PSY 149 Psychology of Language
    • LING/PSY 152 Psychology of Bilingualism
    • LING 153/PHIL 110/PSY 153 Biological Foundations of Language
    • LING 155/ CSHD 155 The Young Child's Development of Language
    • LING 71/CLS 71 Historical Linguistics
    • LING/CLS 170 Indo-European Linguistics
    • LING 177/CSHD 177 Bilingual Studies
    • LING/CSHD 195 Developmental Disorders of Language and Reading
    • LING/CSHD 243 Reading, Dyslexia and the Brain
    • LING 80 Psychology of Music
    • LING 91/191 Special Topics in Linguistics/Advanced Topics in Linguistics
    • LING 93 Independent Research in Linguistics

Students interested in pursuing the minor in Linguistics need to pay attention to when LING 15 (Introduction to Linguistics), LING 112 (Syntactic Theory), LING 113 (Semantics), and LING 155 (Phonological Theory) are offered. LING 15 is usually offered in the Fall semester and LING 155 is usually offered in the Spring semester. But in any given year, students interested in taking these courses should confirm this with the relevant faculty members. LING 112 and LING 113 are typically offered in alternating years, usually in the Spring, though again, interested students should confirm this with the relevant faculty members.

Affiliated faculty include:

  • Maryanne Wolf, Child Study and Human Development
  • Chip Gidney, Child Study and Human Development
  • Gregory Crane, Classical Studies
  • Anne Mahoney, Classical Studies
  • John Fyler, English
  • Hosea Hirata, International Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Saskia Stoessel, International Literary and Cultural Studies
  • John Julian, Romance Studies
  • Daniel Dennett, Philosophy
  • Dilip Ninan, Co-Director; Philosophy
  • Ariel Goldberg, Co-director; Psychology
  • Gina Kuperberg, Psychology