Students design their own program of study subject to breadth requirements. For more info, see our website.
The Symbolic Systems Program (SSP) at Stanford University focuses on computers and minds: artificial and natural systems that use symbols to represent information. SSP 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; and
* human-computer interaction: designing computer software and interfaces that work well with human users.
Symbolic Systems' affiliated faculty come from several departments at Stanford University, including Computer Science, Linguistics, Philosophy, Psychology, Communication, and Education. Our students are exposed to the tools of these disciplines -- formal methods, philosophical analysis, computer programming, and empirical research -- with the aim of being able to apply the appropriate tool(s) to a chosen area of specialization. SSP alumni are found in various occupations, including software design and applications, teaching and research, law, medicine, and public service.
Stanford University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges to offer undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Prior training relevant to a degree in Symbolic Systems, i.e. in one or more of our cognate fields: computer science, psychology or cognitive science, philosophy, and linguistics.
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International Student Requirements:
International students are admitted on an equal opportunity basis.
Tuition & Financial Aid
Cost Per Credit Hour:
Not applicable USD
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Financial Aid Offered: No
Classification: Doctoral/Research Universities - Extensive
Institution Sector: Private not-for-profit
Locale: Large Suburb
Size & Settings: 10,000 - 19,999