Ethnic Studies

High School Dual Enrollment

Please note: Ethnic Studies Initiative classes will return to classroom learning for the Fall 2021 semester (September 11 - December 11, 2021). 

Since 2015, the College of Liberal Arts and College of Professional and International Education (CPIE) at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) has offered select Ethnic Studies courses to high school students.

These dual-enrollment courses give high school students valuable credits for both high school and college—for free—to all students who are interested. The credit earned in CSULB Ethnic Studies courses is not only worth its equivalent university-level cost, but is also transferable to most institutions a student chooses to attend, subject to each institution's transfer policies.

Ethnic Studies courses are currently offered to promising high school students, as approved by their campus counselor, for Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD), Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District (NLMUSD), and Paramount Unified School District (PUSD).

Long Beach Unified School District

Courses offered:

  • Intro Class: U.S. Diversity and the Ethnic Experience
  • African American History to 1865
  • American Indian Studies
  • Latina/o Cultural Identity

Norwalk La Mirada Unified School District

Courses offered:

  • Introduction Class: U.S. Diversity and the Ethnic Experience
  • Contemporary Issues in Asian America

Paramount Unified School District

Courses offered:

  • Introduction Class: U.S. Diversity and the Ethnic Experience

High school students who are:

  • Approved by their high school campus counselors.
  • Attending school in Long Beach Unified School District, Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District, and Paramount Unified School District.
  • Free college credit that is transferable to most accredited universities
  • May provide high school elective credit and the option to take one less high school class during the semester (meet with your high school counselor for their criteria as it relates to campus policy)
  • Knowledge of different cultures and fascinating history lessons
  • Valuable addition to college applications
  • College course experience with CSULB faculty member
  • Options to take classes at the high school closest to you
  • Must attend the first or second class of the program to enroll
  • Must not miss more than 3 classes
  • Must be approved by your high school counselor to enroll
  • Must have achieved a grade of “D” or better to obtain credit

CSULB faculty will work with each student and their individual needs, with the goal of student success.

  • Over 90% of Ethnic Studies students pass the course upon completion
  • 4 out of 5 students receive an A or B in the course