American Culture Project: An analysis of students' culture in the context of American society

The American Culture Project (ACP) is a year long project that AOC students will complete during their junior year. Throughout the course of the fall semester, juniors are continuously engaged in examining the various cultural elements that impact themselves and their family, and relating those elements to the larger cultural fabric of America. This research culminates in May in an in-class, multimedia presentation concerning their cultural perspective.

One of the key goals of junior year at the Academy of the Canyons is to have students examine American culture from a variety of different perspectives. Discussions on issues such as racism, immigration, civil rights, and gender and sexual norms all help us to better understand what America is, both to the world and to each of us individually. A full appreciation of this understanding requires us to examine what our own culture is, and how it interacts with the larger American culture; the ACP allows students to fulfill this objective.

Definitions of “culture”

From - The behaviors and beliefs characteristic of a particular social, ethnic,or age group; In Anthropology - the sum total of ways of living built up by a group of human beings and transmitted from one generation to another. (