History 124AC
Anthropology 160AC
Ethnic Studies 41 AC
Education 186AC
Sociology 3AC
Art W23AC

Welcome to American Cultures

In 1989, UC Berkeley adopted the ground breaking American Cultures (AC) undergraduate education requirement. Courses meeting the AC requirement can be found in more than forty departments and programs across the UC Berkeley campus. As well as being the one course that all undergraduate students at Cal need to take and pass in order to graduate, the requirement offers an exciting intellectual environment centered on the study of race, ethnicity and culture of the United States. AC courses offer students opportunities to be part of research-led, highly accomplished teaching environments, grappling with the complexity of American Culture.

The AC Center also provides a unique environment for the development of student and faculty programs and welcomes opportunities to collaborate with campus academic partners, student based organizations and community partners. Such opportunities include the development of engaged scholarship programs, campus wide events, and video outreach projects.

Updates and Events     

Exploring an Untold California Water Story
Cal Day, April 18th
11am - 1pm
Morrison Reading Room, Doe Library

California currently faces one of its most severe droughts on record, raising environmental and policy issues. Given these circumstances, it is important to learn more about a period and place where conscious engineering of water use allowed a culture to flourish over hundreds of years—the Paiute Tribe of Owens Valley. The Paiute developed a sophisticated system of irrigation canals that made their valley bloom.  Read More

Rickey Vincent's Party Music

Monday, April 27th
5pm - 7pm
554 Barrows Hall, Barbara Christian Reading Room
Introduction by Dr. Waldo Martin

The American Cultures Center is proud to host Dr. Rickey Vincent discuss his new book is Party Music: The Inside Story of the Black Panthers' Band and How Black Power Transformed Soul Music (Lawrence Hill 2013).  Party Music is both social movement analysis and radical music history.  Read More