American Cultures Engaged Scholarship (ACES) Courses

The sooner a student takes an AC course (or perhaps their first of many) the better.  Many students find that an AC course helps them discover their intellectual passion while at UC Berkeley.  And some AC courses, known as ACES courses, explicitly connect students to community partner organizations addressing issues crucial to our communities. ACES courses offer direct service placements and related research projects, defined by community partners and faculty in the development of an ACES course. In this way, students are able to study and learn directly from community partners and engage in activities which create sustainable change. For example, students have developed and participated in the following projects as part of their ACES courses: working with the Wikipedia Foundation and community partners to develop Wikipedia pages; mentoring underserved youth; Deferred Action for Early Child Arrivals (DACA) workshops; anthropology excavations in New Mexico; a Hip Hop Mixtape with Richmond Youth video projects, amongst others. For examples of these projects, please visit the Students Projects page.

For a list of previous and current community partners, please visit the community organizations page.

Other Student Opportunities

As you will read throughout our website, there are many opportunities available to students not limited to completing their AC requirement.  Some include the Student Prize, an award students may receive for their work in AC course, participating as a member of our Student Advisory Board, and work study opportunities we post on this website.