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The ISF major involves interdisciplinary research into social issues or social problems or humanities topics.
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Spotlight on ISF Graduates

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Ryan Triolo

After graduating from UC Berkeley in 2011, Ryan worked on various research projects with organizations such as the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, and the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery. On one project with the U.N. Food

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Rosa Hernandez

Rosa Hernandez graduated in Spring 2015. She double majored in ISF and Rhetoric. Rosas passion for worker justice led to her thesis on transnational workers rights movements across the NAFTA countries and Brazil. During her time at Cal she was

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Leilani Main

Kelly Leilani Main graduated in Spring of 2014, and has been accepted for the Master’s in Urban Planning at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in the Fall of 2016. After transferring to Cal in Fall of 2012, she worked

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Jonathan Parker McDonald

Jonathan Parker McDonald graduated in 2018. The title of his thesis was: “Are we really helping: The effects of child sponsorship on poverty mitigation in the Dominican Republic”. Jonathan made two research trips to the Dominican Republic where he got

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Adam Oriel Cohen

After graduating in 2014, Adam Oriel Cohen became a Fellow in Public Affairs at CORO which is a highly selective, full-time, nine month, graduate-level experiential leadership training program that prepares diverse, talented and committed individuals for effective and ethical leadership

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Gianni Glick

Gianni will enter Brown Alpert Medical School in the Fall of 2015.Gianni writes that he began the ISF major at Berkeley without a clear sense of direction but eventually decided to concentrate his studies around the question What makes people

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Stephanie Delaney

After graduating from UC Berkeley in 2011, Stephanie went on to pursue a Master’s degree at SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan, Italy. Her degree was in International Healthcare Management, Economics and Policy, with a specialization in Global Health

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Katrina Fadrilan

A 2019 graduate, Katrina’s thesis title was “The Effects of Community Education Nonprofits on Social Inequities and Marginalized Students.” Her research focused on the approaches and structures of several community education nonprofits and various forms of education public policies, analyzing

Course Threads

The Interdisciplinary Studies Program is proud to host Berkeley Course Threads, developed by the Townsend Center for the Humanities, that give students the chance to connect their courses thematically to earn a certificate in interdisciplinary studies.

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