Sample Research Programs

The following Research Programs represent a sample of the many interdisciplinary projects undertaken by ISF Majors over the last several years.  

(1) CROSSCULTURAL PERSPECTIVES ON HEALTH AND ILLNESS

Course of Study (CS):
Letters and Sciences C140U - The Archeology of Health and Disease
Letters and Sciences 180 - Self and Society
Psychology 131 - Developmental Psychopathology
Psychology 166AC - Cultural Psychology
Public Health 112 - Global Health
Sociology C115 - Sociology of Health and Medicine
Thesis: "Madness No Longer Exists Except As Seen"

(2) GLOBALIZATION AND THE INDIVIDUAL

Course of Study (CS):
Anthropology 139 - Controlling Processes
Gender and Women's Studies 129 - Bodies and Boundaries
Geography 110 - Economic Geography of the Industrial World
Geography 128 - Global Environment and Development
Peace and Conflict Studies 101 - Contemporary Theories
Political Economy 100B - International Development
Thesis: "The Divided States of Corn: A Comparative Policy Analysis of GM Corn Between the United States and France" 

(3) LAW AND POLICY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Course of Study (CS):
Legal Studies 138 - The Supreme Court and Public Policy
Legal Studies 158 - Law and Development
Legal Studies 182 - Law, Politics and Society
Peace and Conflict Studies 149 - Global Change
Public Policy 101 - Introduction to Public Policy Analysis
Public Policy 156 - Program and Policy Design
Political Science 139D - Urban and Sub-national Politics in Developing Countries
Thesis: "Ethnicity Matters in New Town Development in Jakarta, Indonesia"

(4) CONSUMER BEHAVIOR AND CULTURE

Course of Study (CS):
Anthropology 149 - Psychological Anthropology
Media Studies 190 - Propaganda and Persuasion
Psychology 166AC - Cultural Psychology
Sociology 169 - Sociology of Consumerism
Undergraduate Business Administration 106 - Marketing
Undergraduate Business Administration 160 - Consumer Behavior
Thesis: "Iranian Media and the Emergence of an Identity Crisis, 1997 - 2005"

(5) MEDIA AND INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS

Course of Study (CS):
Media Studies 160 - International Media
Legal Studies 154 - International Human Rights
Cognitive Science C104 - Mind, Language, Politics
Cognitive Science C126 - Perception
Interdisciplinary Studies Field C125 - American Media and Global Politics
African American Studies N124 - Political Philosophy of Martin Luther King Jr.
Thesis: "A Modern Application of the Propaganda Model: U.S. News Coverage of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution"

(6) DETERMINISM AND RESISTANCE: MIND, WILL, AND BEHAVIOR

Course of Study (CS):
Anthropology 166 - Language, Culture, and Society
Psychology 150 - Personality
Psychology 160 - Social Psychology
Rhetoric 132 - The Gilded Age
Rhetoric 140 - Qualities
Rhetoric 175 - Philosophical Discourse
Thesis: "Imagined Control or Definite Freedom: A Discussion on Resistance to Social Influence and its Neurobiological Basis"

(7) POSTCOLONIAL CITIES

Course of Study (CS):
Architecture 130 - Introduction to Architectural Design Theory and Criticism
City and Regional Planning 115 - Urbanization in Developing Countries
Environmental Design 100 - The City
Geography C112 - History of Development and Underdevelopment
Rhetoric 155 - Postcoloniality
Thesis: "Commonwealth Ruins: Orientalism and Urban Design in India's Capital, 19

(8) DEVELOPMENT, ECONOMICS, & POVERTY 

Course of Study (CS):
Anthropology 139 - Controlling Processes
Development Studies C100 - Development in Theory and History
Economics N171 - Economic Development
History 100 - Special Topics in History
International Area Studies 115 - Global Poverty
Political Economy 101 - Contemporary Theories of Political Economy
Thesis: "Argentine Development in a Globalizing Era: Diverse Failures From ISI to Neoliberalism"

(9) POLITICAL ECONOMY AND URBANIZATION

Course of Study (CS)
Information Studies 190 - Technology and Development
Architecture 139 - Architecture, Ethics, and Activism
Environmental Design 100 - The City
City Planning 114 - Urban Transportation
Public Health 112 - Global Health
Energy and Resources 175 - Water and Development
Thesis: "Marketing Sustainability in the Dharavi Redevelopment Project"

(10) POPULATION, POVERTY AND THE ENVIRONMENT 

Course of Study (CS):
Demography 126 - Poverty and Population
ESPM 161 - Environmental Philosophy and Ethics
Gender and Women's Studies 129 - Bodies and Boundaries
Geography 130 - Geography of Food and Environment
Public Health 150B - Environmental Health
Public Health 181 - Global Poverty and Population
Thesis: "Population, Poverty & Environment: An Ecofeminist Perspective of Sub-Saharan women"

(11) CONTEMPORARY INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Course of Study (CS):
History 151C - Britain, 1848 - 1997
History 158 - Europe
Law and Society 122 - Individual and State
Political Science 111 - Environmental Conflict
Political Science 142 - Welfare in Hungary
Political Science 175 - Hungary - European Context
Thesis: "The Opposition Mentality - Euroskepticism and its Effects on Membership in the European Union"

(12) HISTORICAL HUMAN ECOLOGY

Course of Study (CS):
Archeology 121 - Dawn of European Culture
Anthropology 174AC - California Historical Anthropology
Environmental Sciences 153 - Global Environmental Justice
Geography 130 - Natural Resources and Population
Geography 140A - Physical Landscapes
Geography 144 - Sub-Saharan Africa
Thesis: "Anthropogenic Fire: Native Californians, Australian Aboriginals, and Modern Management"

(13) TRADE AND GLOBALIZATION

Course of Study (CS):
Demographics C175 - Economic Development
Geography 110 - Economic Geography of the Industrial World
Political Economy 101 - Contemporary Theories of Political Economy
Public Policy 190 - Special Topics in Public Policy
Undergraduate Business Administration 167 - Special Topics in Organizational Behavior
Undergraduate 178 - Introduction to International Business
Thesis: "NAFTA: the Cost of Free Trade"

(14) TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION AND GLOBAL COMMUNICATION

Course of Study (CS):
Anthropology 146 - Mobile City Chronicles: Gaming with New Technologies
Geography 172 - Topics on Social Geography
Industrial Engineering and Operations Research 190E - Advanced Topics
Legal Studies 146 - Law and Economy of Innovation
Sociology 121 - Sociology of Entrepreneurship
Information Studies 103 - History of Information
Thesis: "Mobile Technology for Development: Using Information Communication Technology and Human Centered Design for Change"

(15) LANGUAGE, IDEOLOGY, AND SOCIETY

Course of Study (CS):
Education 250C - Discourse Analysis
English 117A - Shakespeare
History of Art C120A - Ancient Mesopotamia
Linguistics 150 - Sociolinguistics
Native American Studies 151 - Native American Philosophy
Psychology 125 - Developing Brain
Rhetoric 117 - Language, Truth, and Dialogue
Thesis: "Memorial Museums: Representing Atrocity & Recovering from Conflict"