California State University will require social justice or ethnic studies class for all students, starting in '23-'24 school year

by Laura Mize · Jul 28th, 2020 1:00 pm

Last Updated Jul 29th, 2020 at 1:13 pm

Beginning in the 2023-2024 school year, students attending California State University will have to take a class in social justice or ethnic studies in order to graduate.

The board of trustees for the university system approved the requirement last week, in the system's first update to general education requirements in 40 years.

To satisfy the new requirement, students in the CSU system may take a low-level course on either African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Latino-American, or Native Americans or on social justice, LGBT people, Jews, Muslims, or other non-majority groups.

Timothy White, chancellor of the CSU system, said in a statement that the new requirement " ... lifts Ethnic Studies to a place of prominence in our curriculum, connects it with the voices and perspectives of other historically oppressed groups, and advances the field by applying the lens of social justice."


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