Cal History, Spirit, and Traditions (Rhetoric 98/198, 1 Unit)
This course will dive into our rich history, remarkable spirit, and spectacular traditions of Cal from its founding in 1868 to the present day. We will touch on the origins of the Stanford Axe, and the Free Speech Movement, and even take some field trips around the University. We hope that this course will allow you to love and appreciate Cal even more. The majority of our lectures will feature an expert on the subject at hand, including professors, alumni, and faculty. From “The Play” to the Cal Marching Band, we’ll explore it all in the Cal History, Spirit, and Traditions DeCal.
This is a one-unit course that will last for 13 weeks, with 1 hour of lecture per week. Each lecture will cover a particular concept related to the history, spirit, and traditions of the University of California, and will feature a speaker with personal experience or expertise on the topic. Speakers include the faculty, staff, alumni, and fellow students. Classes will feature guest speakers or field trips to significant campus locations. Students will be expected to attend lectures and give the guest speaker the utmost respect. Course assignments will include a short paper, a midterm, a (fun) final project, and engaging with speakers during class.
“Listening to guest speakers helped me to get even more excited about being a Cal student and the field trips helped me to meet new people and see new things on campus!”–Previous Student