Symbolic Systems

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Symbolic Systems is an academic program at Stanford University with an interdisciplinary concentration on "the science of the mind" including courses in computer science, linguistics, philosophy, and psychology.[1][2] The program is analogous to cognitive science departments at other schools.

The program offers both bachelor's and master's degrees. The undergraduate major is split into concentrations such as artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, decision making and rationality, and neuroscience. Student advisors and the student-led Symbolic Systems Society provide support and organize events for the major.[3] Each year, the program hosts a "Distinguished Speaker", which in the past have included Daniel Dennett, Steven Pinker, Edward Snowden, and Marvin Minsky.[4]

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  1. ^ a b c d Martinuzzi, Bruna (September 18, 2013). "Symbolic Systems: The Hot Major Among Highly Successful People". OPEN Forum. American Express. Archived from the original on 2015-11-29. Retrieved 29 November 2015. It's a multidisciplinary major that blends computer science with psychology, linguistics and philosophy
  2. ^ "What is Sym Sys?". Symbolic Systems Program. Stanford University. Retrieved 29 November 2015. majors are required to take courses in the Departments of Computer Science, Linguistics, Philosophy, and Psychology
  3. ^ "SymSys Society Homepage". Symbolic Systems Society. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Symbolic Systems Distinguished Speaker". Symbolic Systems Program. Stanford University. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  5. ^ Dulce, Grace (16 July 2012). "Marissa Mayer named CEO of Yahoo!". Stanford Engineering. Archived from the original on 19 August 2014. Retrieved 18 August 2014.

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