Spotlight on AC Courses

      The following are courses that feature interviews with faculty members discussing how their classes bring their research interests with community partners together to teach undergraduates. Please visit each page to learn more about the course.

Engineering 157AC / International and Area Studies 157AC: Engineering, The Environment, and Society at UC Berkeley will challenge students to look beyond the technical elements of their work and recognize the deeply social and political nature of engineering questions. For more information visit our Engineering 157AC Spotlight Page


Practice of Art W23AC American Cybercultures: Principles of Internet Citizenship examines how the growth of online participation influences the development of and intersects online and residential communities. Students participate in online discussions surrounding internet culture or cyberculture within a modern context as well as categories of personhood that make up the UC Berkeley American Cultures rubric (race and ethnicity), as well as to gender, nation, and disability. For more information pleas visit our Practice of Art W23AC Spotlight Page

sean burns

In this course, Dr. Burns examines the history of progressive social movements in the San Francisco Bay Area while including topics of history, sociology, urban geography, and ethnic studies. To learn more, visit our IAS 158AC / PACS 148AC Spotlight Page

Education 75AC focuses on sports culture in the U.S. through an intersectional lens. This course highlights the ways in which sports have contributed to our society as well as how they marginalize certain communities through the bases of race, class, gender, sexuality, and ability. To learn more, please visit our Education 75AC Spotlight Page

chris schmidt

Integrative Biology 35AC exposes the cultural and historical relevance of biology to both students who may never take another biology class in their lives and scientists that have intimate knowledge of their subject but do not discover its connection within larger contexts. The course is innovative in the way it teaches students how biological variation plays a role in day-to-day life-from interactions on the street, to governmental policies on healthcare and food stamps, to how a doctor interacts with their patients. Visit our Integrative Biology 35AC Spotlight Page to learn more.