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

Due to the overwhelming demand for and great success of the first workshop, the AC Center is pleased to announce a second Gender, Sexuality and Identity workshop.

The Gender Equity Resource Center will lead a discussion on how our classrooms engage an understanding of the breadth and depth of gender diversity.  Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to this event by November 27 here.  Please feel free to share this invitation with your colleagues.  We look forward to seeing you!

Developing Wikipedia Assignments in the Classroom

December 8th, 12-2pm, 442 Stephens Hall 
Join UC Berkeley faculty, staff and Wikipedia educators in discussing how to build Wikipedia assignments into your courses and discover some of the new tools, which support and enhance teaching with Wikipedia. Lunch will be provided...Read more or RSVP here.

Multimedia Teaching and Learning Initiative

The MRC and The AC Center are pleased to announce the ‘Multimedia Teaching and Learning’ Initiative and its ‘Fellows’ program.  The fellowship will allow faculty and graduate students to enrich course instruction by working with media based resources from the MRC.  And before the use of DVD’s is history, participants will learn how to create ‘clips’ from some of their favorite and yet to be found favorite DVD’s in the MRC. Members will participate in a one-semester fellowship and receive a onetime stipend of $500 at the end of the term and an honorary certificate from the AC Center.  Below are the expectations and responsibilities for the fellows...Read More

In 2011, UC Berkeley alumna and current MFA candidate in Film & Television Production at USC, Jenna Cavelle began to research the Paiute Native Americans of the Owens Valley in her AC course, College Writing Programs 50AC/150AC, "Researching Water in the West."  After years of research in the Owens Valley with the Paiute, Cavelle developed the documentary "Paya, the Water Story of the Paiute", winner of the Best Short Documentary at the 2015 Red Nation Film Festival, which premiered at the festival on Thursday, November 12th.  Paya trailer.