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

Tumbling the Ivory Tower

"... At UC Berkeley, one radically engaged academic program could finally force the school to own up to its mission as a public university — if the administration agrees to fund  it.

On a sweaty afternoon in early August, approximately thirty UC Berkeley students trickled into a large lecture hall that was booming with Dr. Dre's new album, Compton. The students were unfazed..."
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Now Accepting Applications For Spring-Fall 2016

The AC Center is now welcoming proposals for ACES Courses for Spring, Summer and Fall 2016.  Although we welcome all proposal, 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...Read more or download an application.

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!