Symbolic Systems Versus Department Majors

Updated April 27, 2017

Students majoring in SYMSYS can often complete coursework in one of our cognate departments comparable to that of students majoring in that department.

The table below compares the maximum number of units one can complete in each of several departments while fulfilling the Symbolic Systems major requirements, versus the number of in-department units required for students in that department's major.

For example, a SYMSYS student interested in Computer Science (CS) can take up to 55 CS units while in the SYMSYS major.  A CS student is only required to have 39 CS units for the CS major.

 

 

Department

Maximum department units possible within Symbolic Systems major

 

Units-in-department required for department’s major

Computer Science

55

39

Linguistics

44

28

Philosophy

55

55

Psychology

45

60

The figures in the table above assume that a student takes as much coursework as possible from a given department within the core and concentration offerings.  SYMSYS 1 is cross-listed and can be taken within any of three other departments (cross-listed as LINGUIST 35, PHIL 99, or as PSYCH 35). 

  • To maximize Computer Science coursework in the SYMSYS major generally entails a concentration in Artificial Intelligence or in Human-Computer Interaction, with all Computer Science coursework for the concentration.
  • To maximize Linguistics coursework in the SYMSYS major generally entails a concentration in Natural Languages, with all Linguistics coursework for the concentration.
  • To maximize Philosophy coursework in the SYMSYS major generally entails a concentration in Philosophical Foundations.
  • To maximize Psychology coursework in the SYMSYS major generally entails a concentration in Cognitive Science, Learning, or in Neurosciences.

 Source: The Stanford Bulletin, 2016-2017.

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