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The Symbolic Systems Program (SSP) is an interdisciplinary major at Stanford which focuses on computers and minds: artificial and natural systems that use symbols to represent information. It brings together students and faculty interested in different aspects of the human-computer relationship, including

  • Cognitive science: studying human intelligence, natural languages, and the brain as computational processes.
  • Artificial intelligence: endowing computers with human-like behavior and understanding.
  • Human-computer interaction: designing computer software and interfaces that work well with human users.

Symbolic Systems' affiliated faculty come from several departments, including Computer Science, Linguistics, Philosophy, Psychology, Communication, and Education.

Degrees OfferedEdit

SSP offers both B.S. and M.S. programs as well as a minor and an honors program.


They also have a program to become a certified wizard.

Symbolic Systems Core CurriculumEdit

External LinksEdit

Symbolic Systems Website

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