Welcome to American Cultures
The ground breaking American Cultures (AC) undergraduate education requirement, also known as 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 AC requirement offers an exciting intellectual environment centered on the study of race, ethnicity and cultures 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
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 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. Watch Paya trailer.