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
Are you interested in getting paid to research what's new in AC? Do you have strong writing skills and experience with social media sites? If not, do you know someone who does? The AC Center is currently hiring an Undergraduate Reporter for the 2015-16 year.
This course focuses on studying processes and impacts of settler colonialism and racialization in the United States, as well as resistance and liberation movements. It also specifically examines the immediate location of academia and how various definitions, processes and politics of scholarship, research and knowledge production are impacted by, reinforce and/or challenge systems of domination. Through engagement with academic publications, poetry, storytelling, film, theater, protest and other forms of action, students will engage in cross-class, cross-racial and intergenerational teaching, learning, activism and art-making.