What is an American Cultures (AC) course?

American Cultures courses are uniquely designed to critically engage in important issues within the United States by helping students develop a deeper understanding of race, culture, and ethnicity in the context of American society. If you would like to learn more about the history of American Cultures courses, please visit our History of AC page. 

Our courses are offered in more than 40 departments and programs across UC Berkeley, and can additionally be used to satisfy University requirements such as the Humanities and Social Science Breadth requirements. To learn more, visit our How to Satisfy the AC Requirement page.

American Cultures Engaged Scholarship (ACES) courses 

Some American Cultures courses provide opportunities for students to participate in collaborative social justice projects alongside community organizations. These courses are called American Cultures Engaged Scholarship courses (ACES). Examples of ACES projects include developing mobile apps, websites and wiki pages that promote social justice, mentoring K-12 at-risk youth, among others to create community impact. If you would like to learn more about ACES student projects, please visit our Student Projects page. To find a list of current ACES courses being offered, please visit our page ACES Courses

Finding an AC Course

To find a current list of courses that satisfy the AC requirement at UC Berkeley, please visit Finding AC Courses.

For a list of historically approved AC courses at UC Berkeley, please visit List of Historically Approved Courses at UC Berkeley

For a list of historically approved AC courses at other colleges or programs, please visit List of Historically Approved Courses at Other Colleges

Support for your AC Course

Are you looking for help with your research for an AC course project?  Our AC Librarian, Corliss Lee, is happy to help you discover and explore library resources for your project.  To set up an appointment, please email her at

We also encourage you to explore other projects students have developed in past AC courses, in our ACES Student Projects page, or our EScholarship site to read about other students' award winning research projects. 

For further information, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.