CHASS Connect: 2008 - 2009 Sequences


The three courses which make up the California CHASS Connect sequence describe multiple visions of our large and diverse state. When you have completed the sequence at the end of the year, you will have fulfilled 3 college breadth requirements; you will have explored California from the perspectives of history, the imagination, and its physical geography. The discussion of California will provide you with ways to understand and value diversity and to make informed decisions at UCR and beyond.

Fall 2008
Literature, Geoff Cohen

Jan Jansson's 1636 map of North American positions California as an island, a separate imagined space. California has been described as Eden and having streets paved with gold. It has also been imagined as a dystopia: think of the broken dreams of immigrants and dust bowl refugees. In this literature course we will examine and discuss various visions of California from its deserts to the streets of LA. Together we will map out new versions of California.

Winter 2009
Earth Science, David Oglesby

California is prone to a number of natural disasters, including earthquakes, volcanoes, fires, mass movements (landslides and related phenomena), and floods. This class will take a tour of California from North to South, highlighting the natural hazards present in each part of the state, as well as the measures that Californians have taken throughout their history to either mitigate or cope with these hazards.

Spring 2009
Ethnic Studies, Robert Perez

The course will examine the complex and extensive history of the more than 100 Indian tribes in the state of California. Beginning with aboriginal historical accounts preceding the arrival of European colonizers and continuing through the Spanish, Mexican, and American periods of colonial occupation, the course will expose students to a variety of historical methodologies. Students will learn about the use of written primary source documents, oral histories, scientific data, and anthropological studies in Native American history.