University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

Logical reasoning is essential in most areas of human inquiry. The discipline of Logic treats logical reasoning itself as an object of study. Logic has been one of the main branches of philosophy since Aristotle; it revolutionized the foundations of mathematics in the 20th century; and it has been called “the calculus of computer science,” with applications in many areas. Logic has also played an important role in the investigation of language and the mind, as the basis for formal semantics in linguistics and automated reasoning in artificial intelligence. With these interdisciplinary connections, Logic serves as a bridge between the humanities and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields. Studying logic enhances students’ abilities to reason and argue rigorously, to read and write analytically, to discern patterns amidst complexity, and to understand abstract structures. The Logic Minor (offered through the Philosophy Department) consists of three core courses in symbolic logic, which may be pursued in parallel tracks within Philosophy or Mathematics, plus a choice of three upper division electives from an array of courses in Philosophy, Mathematics, Linguistics, and Computer Science.

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Minor Requirements

The Logic Minor at Berkeley consists of three core courses in symbolic logic, which may be pursued in parallel tracks within Philosophy or Mathematics, plus a choice of three upper division electives from a list of courses across Philosophy, Mathematics, Linguistics, and Computer Science.

All minors must be declared no later than one semester before a student's Expected Graduation Term (EGT). If the semester before EGT is fall or spring, the deadline is the last day of RRR week. If the semester before EGT is summer, the deadline is the final Friday of Summer Sessions. To declare a minor, contact the department advisor for information on requirements, and the declaration process.

Course Requirements for Logic Minors

PHILOS 12AIntroduction to Logic 14
or MATH 55 Discrete Mathematics
Mathematical Logic
PHILOS 140AIntermediate Logic4
or MATH 125A Mathematical Logic
Computability and Logic
PHILOS 140BIntermediate Logic 24
or MATH 136 Incompleteness and Undecidability
Electives: Choose Three10-12
At least two of these electives must be at the undergraduate level (unless an exception is granted by petition to the Logic Minor Committee). Note also that undergraduate enrollment in graduate seminars requires the consent of the instructor.
Computability and Complexity [4]
Formal Semantics [4] 3
Advanced Formal Semantics I [3]
Introduction to the Theory of Sets [4]
and Metamathematics
Theory of Recursive Functions [4]
Theory of Models [4]
Theory of Sets [4]
Metamathematics of Set Theory [4]
Form and Meaning [4]
Philosophical Logic [4]
Modal Logic [4]
Philosophy of Mathematics [4]
Special Topics in Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics [4]
Seminar [3] 4
Students may optionally fulfill (at most) one of their electives with a course on related formal methods and reasoning, or other courses approved by petition: PHILOS 141, PHILOS 148, and COMPSCI 188.

Please note that PHILOS 140A and PHILOS 140B are typically not offered in the same academic year, but rather in alternate years. Also note that MATH 125A and MATH 136 may have additional prerequisites, determined by the instructor.


LINGUIS 121 requires LINGUIS 120 as a prerequisite.


The Logic Minor Committee will decide which instances of PHILOS 290 count as “Graduate Seminars in Logic” for the Logic Minor.

Please note: It is a policy of the College of Letters & Sciences that no more than one upper-division course may be included in both your minor and major program.

Faculty and Instructors

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Wesley H. Holliday, Professor. Philosophy, logic.
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John Macfarlane, Professor. Ancient philosophy, philosophical logic, philosophy of language, epistemology.
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Paolo Mancosu, Professor. Philosophy, philosophy of mathematics and its history, philosophy of logic, mathematical logic.
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Antonio Montalban, Professor. Mathematical logic.
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Stuart Russell, Professor. Artificial intelligence, computational biology, algorithms, machine learning, real-time decision-making, probabilistic reasoning.
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Thomas Scanlon, Professor. Mathematics, model theory, applications to number theory.
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Sanjit Seshia, Professor. Electronic design automation, theory, computer security, program analysis, dependable computing, computational logic, formal methods.
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Pierre Simon, Associate Professor .

Theodore A. Slaman, Professor. Mathematics, recursion theory.
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Hans Sluga, Professor. Political philosophy, recent European philosophy, history of analytic philosophy, Frege, Wittgenstein, Foucault.
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John Steel, Professor. Mathematics, descriptive set theory, set theory, fine structure.
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Umesh Vazirani, Professor. Quantum computation, hamiltonian complexity, analysis of algorithms.
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Seth Yalcin, Professor. Philosophy of language, logic, philosophy of mind, cognitive science, semantics, metaphysics.
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Emeritus Faculty

John W. Addison, Professor Emeritus. Mathematics, theory of definability, descriptive set theory, model theory, recursive function theory.
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Robert Anderson, Professor Emeritus. Finance, probability theory, mathematical economics, nonstandard analysis.
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Charles S. Chihara, Professor Emeritus.

Alan D. Code, Professor Emeritus.

Leo A. Harrington, Professor Emeritus. Mathematics, model theory, recursion theory, set theory.
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* Richard Karp, Professor Emeritus. Computational molecular biology, genomics, DNA molecules, structure of genetic regulatory networks, combinatorial and statsitical methods.
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Paul Kay, Professor Emeritus. Linguistics, sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, pragmatics, syntax, semantics, lexicon, grammar, color naming, lexical semantics, grammatical variation, cross-language color naming, the encoding of contextual relations in rules of grammar.
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Ralph N. McKenzie, Professor Emeritus. Mathematics, logic, universal algebra, general algebra, lattice theory.
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W. Hugh Woodin, Professor Emeritus. Mathematics, set theory, large cardinals.
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Contact Information

Department of Philosophy

314 Moses Hall

Phone: 510-642-2722

Fax: 510-642-4164


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Department Chair

Hannah Ginsborg, PhD

302 Moses Hall

Phone: 510-664-9077


Faculty Advisor

Wesley Holliday, PhD

246 Moses Hall

Phone: 510-296-5916


Undergraduate Student Affairs Officer

Janet Groome

314 Moses Hall

Phone: 510-642-2722


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