College of Ethnic Studies

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.

About the College

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Our Mission

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

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.


Statement on George Floyd

"Today, I grieve for Mr. Floyd, his family, and the countless other Black families who have suffered because of the brutal and inhumane treatment often sanctioned by American legal institutions during the past 400 years." Read a statement from Vice President for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Octavio Villalpando.


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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.