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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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Laura Bolton

After graduating in the Spring of 2014, Laura moved to New York and began work at one of the worlds leading brand consultancies. The title of Laura’s thesis was “Internet Privacy and the Behavioral Advertising Industry: Controversies, Challenges and Recommendations

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Varada Gavaskar

Graduating in Spring 2016, Varada will be joining Facebook as a product designer with the business applications team, where she hopes to work on the platform used by news media outlets and other publishers. Her senior thesis was about the

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Shana Johnson

After graduating in 2012, Shana went on to New York University to pursue her Master’s in Public Health. During her time at NYU she has studied abroad at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. There she was able

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Michael Obuchi

After graduating as the Department Citation Winner in the Spring of 2018, Michael entered UC Berkeley Law School in the Fall 2018 where he hopes to further develop his knowledge of the intersections between law and economics. During his undergrad

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Brit Benjamin

Brit graduated from ISF in 2010, having focused on globalization and international trade. Her thesis, Subordinating Women’s Interest: Natalism and Heteronormative State Policy, was a comparative analysis of reproductive policy and propaganda in the United States, Germany, and the Soviet

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Rebecca Olson

After graduating in Spring 2015, Rebecca is planning to pursue a Masters Degree in Europe in International Relations. Originally from West Virginia, she managed an environmental film festival before moving to California, where she managed an inn full-time and took

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Ryan Swanson

Ryan initially chose Interdisciplinary Studies because “its rare combination of creativity and rigor allowed [him] to study abroad for a year in Beijing while also pursuing [his] research interests in climate change and energy policy.” His senior thesis, titled The

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Jon Phillips

Jon will be starting the Higher Education M.Ed. program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in the Fall of 2016. Jon double majored in ISF and German. Using corpus linguistics software, Jon wrote his thesis on the new psychology

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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