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.
AC News and Events
AC Accepting Applications for 2015 ACES Program, Deadline 9/1
The American Cultures Center is proud to announce that it is now accepting applications for the development of new or revised American Cultures courses that emphasize public scholarship and engage students in community-based projects. These courses form part of the American Cultures Engaged Scholarship (ACES) Program which was launched in 2010 as 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 pratice and to create a new knowledge that has impact both in the community and the academy. Click here to read more and here to download an application.
Inaugural ACES 'Impact Award', Deadline 9/19
The American Cultures Center (AC) is pleased to announce the first 'Impact Award' for ACES. This award is intended to strengthen existing community engaged scholarship projects and harness collective expertise to maximize impact recognizing that our university can best address complex challenges by transcending the boundaries between academic disciplines. Recipients of the Impact Award will receive funds of $10,000. Click here for more information and here for an application.
The American Cultures 25th Anniversary
On the week of April 21-25, 2014, the American Cultures Center held a series of week long events in recongition of the 25th Anniversary since the AC Breadth Requirement was passed at UC Berkeley. During this weeklong celebration, AC held events in which see some of the original founding students including Jeff Chang, Rickey Vincent, Mark Min and a keynote speech by Professor Pedro Noguera, founding directors Ron Choy and Chancellor's Professor Troy Duster, as well as some of the new exciting AC collaborations with the Research Justice Symposium. Please click here to see the series of events along with videos.