California State University, Los Angeles, founded in 1947 by action
of the California State Legislature, is a comprehensive university
that offers programs of higher education in more than 50 academic
and professional fields. The University is organized into six
schools that house nearly 50 academic departments and divisions.
Cal State L.A.'s reputation as a center of learning attracts
students from all areas of the United States and from many foreign
countries. One quarter of the campus' 21,000 students are engaged
in postbaccalaureate study in programs leading to master's and
doctoral degrees; teaching, service, and specialist credentials;
certificates; and other types of programs that prepare them for
Located at the eastern edge of Los Angeles and adjacent to western
San Gabriel Valley cities of Alhambra and Monterey Park, Cal State
L.A. occupies nearly 200 acres on a hilltop site that affords
views of the mountains to the north, the San Gabriel Valley to
the east, metropolitan Los Angeles to the west, and the Palos
Verdes Peninsula and Catalina Island to the south. Ample parking
facilities are available, and public transportation to and from
campus is excellent. Buses, subways, and trains provide direct
service to more than 35 communities in the San Gabriel Valley
and to other nearby Los Angeles communities. The Los Angeles
Civic Center, with numerous historical and cultural attractions,
is five miles west of the campus. Industrial and business centers
and several major shopping centers are located nearby. Popular
mountain and desert resorts are within a two-hour drive, and beaches
are less than an hour away by car.
The campus is nestled among rolling hills on a site that once
housed one of California's 36 original adobes, built in 1776 by
Franciscan missionaries and destroyed by fire in 1908. These
lands once were part of a Spanish land grant known as the Rancho
Rosa Castilla, created by the family of Juan Batista Batz, a Basque
rancher from northern Spain who settled here in the 1850s. The
inspiration for the name of the rancho, according to local historians,
was the wild rose that once grew near the ranch home. The main
drive through the campus is known as Paseo Rancho Castilla, in
acknowledgment of our historic heritage.
The Campus Setting
The academic character of the University is reflected in the contemporary
design of its physical facilities. The general campus is planned
in such a way that it will permanently retain a spacious, open
atmosphere, created by landscaped plazas and courts integrated
with contemporary concrete, brick, and glass buildings. Surrounding
hillsides and parking areas are extensively planted with a variety
of trees, shrubs, and ground covers that further embellish the
park-like environment of the campus.
From 1947 to 1955 Cal State L.A. was situated on the campus of
Los Angeles City College and shared its facilities. In 1956 construction
began on the present site, and in 1958 ten newly constructed permanent
buildings were first occupied. In more recent years the University
went through another major phase of master plan development that
included a new administration building, major additions to several
classroom buildings, construction of two new classroom buildings
with underground parking structures, relocation and expansion
of the Student Health Center, and the addition of a modern University-Student
Union. Other recently completed projects include parking facilities
for more than 2,700 cars; an excellent, attractively landscaped
road access system; major remodeling of the south wing of the
Fine Arts building; completion of the Anna Bing Arnold child
care center and of garden style apartments that provide on-campus
housing for more than 1,000 students. In 1994 the Harriet and
Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex was opened. It includes a large
theater and visual arts gallery. Major remodeling of more than
12,000 square feet of interior space in Salazar Hall now provides
a home for the federally funded Roybal Center of Applied Gerontology.
A total of 19 permanent buildings, representing a financial investment
by the state of California of more than $115 million, stand on
a plateau that serves as a refreshing oasis in the center of the
Los Angeles region.
Mission of the University
California State University, Los Angeles is an academic community
offering a comprehensive range of liberal arts and professional
programs that prepare students for success in advanced study,
in their careers, and throughout their lives. The University
is committed to free scholarly inquiry and to academic excellence
in undergraduate, graduate, and other postbaccalaureate and continuing
education programs. This commitment underlies strong educational
programs as well as research, scholarship, and creative and community
service activities designed for the needs of a uniquely diverse
student body. The excellence of these programs derives from a
highly qualified faculty and support staff. These individuals
are the keystone of the institution.
The University's primary service area is greater Los Angeles,
a metropolitan center with national and international significance
which is further enhanced by its location on the Pacific Rim.
The University's close proximity to the civic, cultural, multicultural,
and economic centers of the greater Los Angeles basin enables
it to foster strong cooperative relationships with community,
business, educational, cultural, and political institutions.
Partnerships are continually being built on these opportunities
for the enhancement of academic programs and the community.
The University's programs are designed to encourage student excellence
and enhanced achievement. Therefore the University offers small
classes at all levels, ensuring close interaction between faculty
and students. The educational program is designed to foster habits
of disciplined inquiry and to develop students' critical abilities
to think, read, write, compute, listen, and communicate effectively.
Recognizing its commitment to teaching, research, scholarship,
and creative activities, the University supports an effective
library. The University also supports the use of new technologies
to enhance and enrich the educational process. The University
strives to promote understanding of, and respect, for racial,
ethnic, cultural and gender diversity and to serve the changing
needs of a global society. Recognizing that true equity transcends
equal access, the University provides support services which help
a diverse student population to succeed in university study.
The University is committed to providing students with a balanced
educational experience including co-curricular activities which
contribute to personal enrichment such as student organizations,
campus residence life, artistic events, multicultural events,
intercollegiate athletics, and intramural activities.
California State University, Los Angeles is committed to fostering
ethical behavior among administrators, faculty, staff, and students.
The campus collegial governance structure therefore adheres to
the principles of academic freedom and professional ethics consistent
with the responsibilities of an academic community.
The reputation Cal State L.A. enjoys as an institution of higher
learning is creditable largely to the quality of the faculty and
their commitment to teaching and scholarship. These men and women
have earned their highest degrees from leading universities throughout
the world. Their achievements in their academic fields of specialization
make them eminently qualified to teach students who possess a
variety of academic interests.
The faculty's high regard for scholarship is evidenced by its
continuing participation in scholarly study and research and creative
efforts. Proof of commitment to teaching is found in the fact
that senior faculty members regularly teach introductory courses
in their disciplines and assume responsibility for academic and
career advisement of students majoring in their departmental and
divisional programs. Close student-faculty ties develop further
through campus organizations and in University committees, on
which students may serve as voting members.
The Academic Year/Quarter System
Cal State L.A. operates year round on the quarter system. Four
quarters, each 11 weeks in duration, comprise the academic year.
The summer quarter is a regular academic quarter, equal in all
respects to the other three quarters. Students may maintain normal
academic progress by full-time attendance during any three quarters
of each year. Classes are scheduled weekdays from 8 a.m. until
10 p.m. and on Saturday mornings to serve the needs of full-time,
part-time, and working students.