The Center seeks to promote an interdisciplinary approach to understanding, teaching and learning about California. The uniqueness of the Center derives in large part from its commitment to, and support of, an interdisciplinary approach to the study of California. Unlike many university-based research and public policy institutes, the Center has always maintained an interdisciplinary foundation for its activities. The historian and political scientist, the poet and the geographer, the economist and the biologist, have all participated in Center activities. Indeed, all Center activities, directly or indirectly, are designed to promote a greater understanding of California.