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Principles of Programming Languages


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Importance of Principles of Programming Languages:

Programming languages are one of the most important and direct tools for the construction of a computer system: in a modern computer different languages are routinely used for different levels of abstraction. Programming language is important because it defines the relationship, semantics and grammar which allows the programmers to effectively communicate with the machines that they program.

Course Objectives:

By the end of this short course, learners at a broad level will be able to:

  1. Understand the salient features in the landscape of programming languages
  2. Understand the essence of defining concepts of programming languages, so to allow critical choice about the level of abstraction

Who this course is designed for:

Students who are either admitted with prerequisites to graduate programs in Computer Science in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering (CIDSE) at Arizona State University or students who are interested in becoming eligible to apply to one of those programs. Students may also complete this course if they have general interest in the topic area or are looking for a refresher on the principles of programming languages.


The course syllabus is available here.

What you'll receive:

You will receive a certificate of completion with your grade that you can attach in your graduate application for any graduate program within CIDSE. You must receive an 70% or higher in order to receive a certificate.

If you’re an online student, please email your certificate to at If you’re an on-campus (Tempe/Poly) student, please email your certificate to