Cal History, Spirit, and Traditions (Rhetoric 98/198, 1 Unit)

Course Contact: Mark Maffeo and Wesley Lu, Director of Traditions and Director of Outreach,

The University of California, Berkeley, was the first American public university to be ranked among the nation’s elite institutions of higher education.  Cal’s worldwide reputation for academic excellence may have been the reason that you chose to come to Berkeley, but Cal also has a long and distinguished history of student engagement and genuine love for the University that dates back to the 19th century.  This course aims to educate any and all Cal students about the legacy of which they are a part simply by being on this campus, and to inspire them to engage further with the institution that has been a trailblazer for nearly 150 years.

This is a one-unit course that will last for 12 weeks, with 1 hour of lecture each week. Each lecture will cover a different aspect of the History, Spirit, and Traditions of the University of California, and will feature a speaker with personal experience or expertise on the topic. This includes the faculty, staff, alumni, and fellow students. Students will be expected to attend lecture and give the guest speaker their attention and respect. Course assignments will include one project, one paper, small engagement assignments, one (fun) midterm, a final paper, and engaging with speakers during class.

For the Fall 2020 semester, this course will take place on Tuesday nights from 6-7PM.