The College of Ethnic Studies at Cal State LA is the first such college to be established at a university in the U.S. in 50 years.
Dean Julianne Malveaux
Welcome to the College of Ethnic Studies. We are the newest college on campus, one of only two Colleges of Ethnic Studies in the state and, perhaps the nation. With three academic departments (Asian and Asian American Studies, Chicana(o)/Latina(o) Studies, and Pan-African Studies) in our College, we represent the future of engaged scholarship, filling the craters of knowledge left when only traditional thinking shapes the curriculum.
About the College
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.
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.
Points of View
Statement on Hispanic Heritage Month
When President Lyndon Baines Johnson proclaimed the week starting September 15 Hispanic Heritage Week, he proclaimed it because of the growing recognition of the importance of Chicanos, Latinos, Latin American immigrants and others of “Spanish descent” in this country. The word “Hispanic” is an amalgam of a word and the source of some controversy among Chicana/o/x and Latina/o/x communities. Read a statement from Dean Julianne Malveaux.
Washington Center for Equitable Growth features Dean Malveaux
Dean Julianne Malveaux was included in the Center's Expert Focus Series, which highlighted the work of feminist economists studying women's roles and contributions to the U.S. economy.
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.