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Minor Requirements

Students who wish to minor in Symbolic Systems should review the requirements and steps to declare below.


Students may minor in Symbolic Systems by completing either Option 1 or Option 2 below, subject to the University Policy on Minors. See also the Introductory Skill Requirements course list.

Option 1

One course in each of the following core areas (please note that several of these courses have prerequisites):

Option 2

Both of the following:

  • SYMSYS 1. Minds and Machines (same as LINGUIST 35, PHIL 99, PSYCH 35)
  • An interdisciplinary Concentration.
    • The Individually Designed Concentration option is not available for a minor. The selection of courses used for the minor must be interdisciplinary; i.e., it must include courses from at least three departments or include more than one course from each of two departments.
    • Contingent Electives, which are available when Symbolic Systems major Core courses are cross-applied to Concentration requirements, are not applicable to a minor in Symbolic Systems

How to Declare the Minor