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
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.