College of Ethnic Studies


The College of Ethnic Studies is the first such college to be established at a university in the U.S. in 50 years. We will develop leaders who engage in rigorous, self-reflexive study that motivates critical engagement, self-determination and decolonial understandings of the world. The college provides an interdisciplinary intellectual space that centers the histories, traditions, cultures, experiences, struggles and accomplishments of diasporic communities of color, making connections between the local and transnational.

Dean Search Update

The search committee hosted open forums with the candidates for the founding dean of the College of Ethnic Studies the week of May 4, welcoming questions from students, staff, and faculty. The committee appreciates your participation and all of the feedback submitted. You can read more about the candidates on the Leadership Searches page.

Message from Acting Dean

Octavio Villalpando

Dean's Welcome

Welcome to the newly established College of Ethnic Studies! As only the second such college in the country, we embrace this exciting opportunity to offer current and future students a transformative educational experience grounded in the principles of academic excellence and social justice.


Asian and Asian American Studies

Asian and Asian American Studies is committed to the teaching and study of the languages, cultures, peoples and societies throughout the Pacific region. Explore Asian and Asian American Studies.

Chicana(o) and Latina(o) Studies

Chicana(o) and Latina(o) Studies offers undergraduate and graduate degrees grounded in interdisciplinary curricula and community engagement that focus on Chicanx/Latinx peoples locally and transnationally. Explore Chicana(o) and Latina(o) Studies.

Pan-African Studies

Pan-African Studies is a transnational approach to the systematic investigation of the history, culture, social relationships, political economy, literature, arts and languages of African peoples and their contribution to world civilization. Explore Pan-African Studies.

Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants

Undocumented employees can apply for Covid-19 relief in California starting on May 18. The State of California is the first to financially assist workers without legal status, who are excluded from receiving federal unemployment benefits and stimulus checks. CSU students and their households may also be eligible as undocumented workers. Applicants must contact the organization in their county directly to inquire about assistance availability. Learn more about the Governor's Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI) Fund.


Carlos Munoz

The Birth of Chicano Studies

Cal State LA alumni played key roles in creating the first Chicano Studies program in the U.S. in 1968, helping usher in a new era of ethnic studies.

U.S. Representative Barbara Lee

Pan-African Studies at Cal State LA celebrates 50 years

The Department of Pan-African Studies at Cal State LA is the second-oldest Black Studies department in the nation.

Photos from the Chinese American Oral History project

Project collects history of local Chinese American community

The Chinese American Oral History Project collected and preserved life stories of Chinese Americans in Southern California.