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

Recognizing Excellence in Teaching and Undergraduate Scholarship

On May 6th, the American Cultures Center honored Dr. Sean Burns and Dr. Brian Powers as recipients of the Innovation in Teaching Award and Sara Trail and Oliver Zerrudo as recipients of the Student Research Prize.  These awards are intended to recognize the use of pedagogical developments to enhance the students’ learning experience in the American Cultures classroom and the standard of excellence in scholarship, fitting with the core intention of the requirement - to create promote the understanding of race, ethnicity and culture in a comparative and integrative fashion.  

Read about the Innovation in Teaching Award Recipients
Read about the Student Research Prize Recipients  

East Bay Express Article: Social Movements, Urban History, and the Politics of Memory: San Francisco Bay Area, 1769-2015 

In one UC Berkeley class about Bay Area social movements, students' homework contributes to a public community history project.

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