UC Berkeley adopted the ground-breaking American Cultures (AC) undergraduate education requirement thanks to years of student and faculty protest and campaigning.
After more than twenty-five years, and the development of hundreds of courses, AC has become a staple of the undergraduate experience at UC Berkeley, fundamentally changing and challenging the undergraduate curriculum to better present the diversity of the American experience.
Today, thanks to support from the Division of Undergraduate Education and Equity & Inclusion, and our partnership with the Public Service Center, the AC Center offers courses in more than 49 departments and programs and supports a multitude of opportunities for faculty and student work.
Opportunities with AC
Below are some opportunities the AC Center offers in our work with students, faculty, staff and community organizations.
The Innovation in Teaching Award is presented to faculty who have used pedagogical developments to enhance students’ learning and understanding of race, ethnicity and culture in a comparative and integrative way. Recipients are honored at an award ceremony and presented with a grant. Learn More
The Spotlight Series aims to critically engage the campus community in conversations regarding AC curriculum development and publications on themes relevant to the AC requirement. Please visit our Spotlight Series page, for previous guest lectures from Jeff Chang, James Kilgore, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, and Rickey Vincent, among others.