Telling San Francisco's Stories

Greg Pabst

COMS 295

Core A1

Course Description:

In Telling San Francisco’s Stories, students will explore different facets of San Francisco to discover its history, culture, myths and lore. These discoveries will allow students to select topics and evaluate data for seminar presentations. Areas of study may include Gold Rush San Francisco, the Earthquake and Fire, the Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco on film and in the media, contemporary problems (i.e. homelessness) and possibly others based on student interest. Each area will be studied by the entire class and provide the source for diverse classroom presentations by individual seminar participants in order to develop public speaking and presentation skills. A final project will entail group work.

Faculty Bio:

Greg Pabst is a longtime adventurer in San Francisco history, lore and legend – and hopes to hand over some of what he’s learned to his students.  He’s Program Director of USF’s Advertising Major/Minor and has deep experience in the advertising business as well as a volunteer for San Francisco City Guides  He thinks that the best way to learn about the City you’ll be living in is to go out and discover it on foot. His major passions are well told stories, Giants Baseball and San Francisco, “The Queen City of the Pacific,” and he has a Gold Rush history website at: