The ISF houses a research-driven program of liberal education. It is a problem-based program, not a discipline. It offers motivated students the unique opportunity to develop an individualized cross-disciplinary Research Program that includes a Course of Study and a Senior Thesis. The Course of Study is made up of courses taken in the social sciences, the humanities, and/or the professional schools and colleges, alongside the required courses in ISF. The capstone experience a scholarly, rigorously-researched 40 page required Senior Thesis, a sustained inquiry in the social sciences and humanities based on original, cross-disciplinary research. Read more about the major
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 and Agriculture Organization he worked as a project lead in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Ryan is now completing a joint master’s degree in International Policy Studies and Public Policy at Stanford University. With continued interest in international energy-economic systems he has done research on electricity interconnections in Mexico,... Read More...
The Student Academic Advisor's job is to guide students and faculty as they navigate University, College, and Major Program policies. With a lifetime commitment to education and a master’s degree in college student counseling and career counseling, Patrick enjoys supporting faculty, students, and staff. He especially enjoys helping students develop the skills they need in succeeding at the university and in life.