"American Cultures is more than just a requirement, it's an opportunity to make deep connections within our lives, communities and the U.S by critically engaging in topics such as racial and social equity."
In the late 1980s, UC Berkeley students fought for the AC Requirement as a way to create a more inclusive undergraduate curriculum that reflected the diverse campus community. Today, the AC Requirement critically engages and exposes students to important issues of inequality throughout the United States by helping them develop a deeper understanding of race, culture, and ethnicity in the context of American society.
Students may satisfy the requirement by taking an approved course at UC Berkeley or at Community College. Additionally, students can submit a petition to the Academic Senate to have a non-AC course approved for credit. For more information about satisfying the AC requirement, please visit ourCourses page.
Some American Cultures courses, known as 'ACES' courses, allow students to use concepts learned in class to address societal issues through partnerships with community organizations such as Urban Tilth, Sierra Club, the East Oakland Boxing Association, East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth and many more.
To learn more about these courses, please visit our ACES page.