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

Welcome to American Cultures

The American Cultures Center

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       

A Nation Divided, A Campus Undecided: Teaching To and Beyond Ferguson Workshop 1/15

In the last days of the Fall 2014 semester our nation and campus was intensely engaged with what soon came to be called #BlackLivesMatter. The winter break arrived and a lull descended. As it always does, a quick exodus from the Berkeley campus followed the exhaustion of finals. In its wake, the campus walls became a palimpsest of chalk markings, shadows on shadows of statements made from November 24th onwards. Even the big December storm providing the campus its only ‘rain day’ in recent memory, did not wash away these shadows. “No justice, No peace”; “UC Berkeley you showed us how, come out and join us now”; “#BlackLivesMatter”. Mobilizing, organizing, expressed in time worn passion on the walls of the university.  

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ACES Program Now Accepting Applications for 2015-16

The American Cultures Engaged Scholarship (ACES) Program is now accepting course proposals for the 2015-16 Academic Year.  Launched in January 2010, the ACES program is a partnership between the American Cultures Center and the Public Service Center. This program aims to transform how faculty’s community-engaged scholarship is valued, to enhance learning for students through a combination of teaching and practice, and to create new knowledge that has impact both in the community and the academy.  We welcome all proposals, and especially encourage proposals that address K-12 education, environmental justice, the arts, public health, and/or suggest collaborations with partners in Richmond or with previous ACES community organizations.  If you are interested in discussing these options, please contact Victoria Robinson.  Click here for an application*.

*Applications due by 12noon on January 23rd, 2015, to Victoria Robinson at victoriarobbi@berkeley.edu*

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