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.
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
- Cognitive Science
- Computer Programming
- Discrete Structures
- Philosophical Foundations
- Cognitive Psychology
- Formal Linguistics
- Artificial Intelligence
- Turing Computability (May be fulfilled by a course taken for another requirement in the major)
- Advanced Small Seminar (May be fulfilled by a course taken for another requirement in the major)
- An upper division, limited-enrollment seminar drawing on material from other courses in the core. Courses listed under Symbolic Systems Program offerings with numbers between SSP 201 and 209 are acceptable, as are other courses which will be announced at the beginning of each academic year. A listing for the current academic year appears here.