Ethnic Studies

Academic Course (University Credit)

Please note: due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ethnic Studies Initiative Program will transition to online distance learning for the Fall 2020 semester (September 12 - December 10). 

Since 2015, the College of Liberal Arts and College of Professional and International Education (CPIE) at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) have 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) and Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District (NLMUSD).

Long Beach Unified School District

  • Cabrillo High School
  • Polytechnic High School
  • Millikan High School
  • Wilson High School
  • Jordan High School
  • Lakewood High School

Norwalk La Mirada Unified School District

  • Norwalk High School
  • John Glenn High School
  • La Mirada High School

High school students who are:

  • Approved by their high school campus counselors.
  • Attending school in Long Beach Unified School District and Norwalk-La Mirada 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

See individual course descriptions below for American Indian Studies (AIS), Chicano and Latino Studies (CHLS), Africana Studies (AFRS) and Asian and Asian American Studies (ASAM).

Note: Students must take an intro “215 level” course before taking our advanced “100 level” courses.

  • 215 U.S. Diversity and the Ethnic Experience: This course is a survey of four major ethnic groups (Native American, African American, Chicano/Latino American and Asian American) from the earliest periods of Native American history, through migrations to the Americas, into the present conditions of U.S. society. Special attention is given to the formation and transformation of each ethnic group and their individual and collective roles in the development of the United States.
  • Chicano and Latino Studies (CHLS): TBD
  • Africana Studies (AFRS): TBD
  • Asian and Asian American Studies (ASAM): TBD
  • American Indian Studies (AIS): TBD
  • 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