Core Competencies for Ethnic Studies Systemwide Graduation Requirement

We, the California State University Council on Ethnic Studies, approve all of the following as  our core competencies. These competencies include a minimum number of criteria and a  minimum number of learning objectives to be used by campus-specific Ethnic Studies experts  and each campus’s academic senate curricular bodies to determine if a lower-division or upper division course meets the Ethnic Studies Graduation Requirement for the California State  University in compliance with Assembly Bill 1460 and California Education Code 89032c.  

Furthermore, the Council on Ethnic Studies intends to establish a common understanding of the  implementation process for the CSU Ethnic Studies requirement as required by California  Education Code 89032 section c: 

(c) The California State University shall collaborate with the California State  University Council on Ethnic Studies and the Academic Senate of the California State  University to develop core competencies to be achieved by students who complete an  ethnic studies course pursuant to implementation of this section. The council and the  academic senate shall approve the core competencies before commencement of the  2021–22 academic year. 

In particular, the Council on Ethnic Studies would like to emphasize the responsibility for  collaboration “pursuant to implementation of this section” described in California Education  Code 89032 section c. The Council on Ethnic Studies sees this “implementation” requirement as  an ongoing process that includes establishing core competencies, ongoing curricular review of  courses, and establishing the parameters for meeting this university-level requirement.  

In considering implementation of this CSU Ethnic Studies requirement, we have determined that  this requirement cannot be fulfilled through a single CSU General Education area because: 1)  Ethnic Studies is an interdisciplinary field and, as a result, Ethnic Studies courses cover multiple  GE areas; 2) limiting the requirement to a single GE area would create problems with  implementation and time to degree; 3) housing the Ethnic Studies requirement in a single GE  area undermines the collaboration and implementation requirements of California Education  Code 89032 section (c) because each campus’ General Education Governance Board would have  the sole responsibility for implementation of this requirement and not campus-specific Ethnic  Studies experts. 

Furthermore, AB1460/ California Education Code 89032 SECTION 2 SUBSECTION (d) states:  “Commencing with students graduating in the 2024–25 academic year, the California State  University shall require, as an undergraduate graduation requirement [emphasis added], the  completion of, at minimum, one three-unit course in ethnic studies. The university shall not  increase the number of units required to graduate from the university with a baccalaureate degree  by the enforcement of this requirement. This graduation requirement shall not apply to a  postbaccalaureate student who is enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program at the university if 

the student has satisfied either of the following….” This “broader [graduation] requirement” is  clearly in line with the distinction made by the Chancellor’s office in its FAQ from September  29, 2020 on its announcement of the Ethnic Studies requirement  

(https://www2.calstate.edu/impact-of-the-csu/diversity/advancement-of-ethnic-studies).  

CES Core Competencies (Criteria & Learning Objectives) 

Criteria 

CSU Ethnic Studies Graduation Requirement courses must meet all of the following criteria.  Each course must:  

CR1: be an existing ethnic studies course or part of a traditional ethnic studies department, unit,  or program (e.g. Native American Studies, Latina/o Studies, African American Studies, Asian  American Studies); or be proposed, designed and implemented by faculty with expertise in  Ethnic Studies (and related disciplines) and be an Ethnic Studies department/unit approved cross listed course.  

Notes: 

1. The review, modifications, adaptions, or additions to these criteria are subject to the  expert peer evaluation of Ethnic Studies faculty and faculty in traditional Ethnic Studies  departments or units (e.g. Native American Studies, African American Studies, Asian  American Studies, and Latina/o Studies) in collaboration with the academic senate on  each campus. Such committees must be led/chaired by Ethnic Studies faculty and must be  made up of a majority faculty from Ethnic Studies departments/units/programs like  Native American Studies, African American Studies, Asian American Studies, and  Latina/o Studies faculty. 

2. Ethnic Studies faculty (as described above) will collaborate to develop any additional  course criteria with their campus in addition to the minimum criteria above Such  committees must be led/chaired by Ethnic Studies faculty and must be made up of a  majority faculty from Ethnic Studies departments/units/programs like Native American  Studies, African American Studies, Asian American Studies, and Latina/o Studies  faculty. 

3. For CSU campuses that have Ethnic Studies, Native American Studies, African American  Studies, Asian American Studies and Latina/o Studies departments/programs/units  courses that meet the Ethnic Studies requirement should be housed and offered within  those departments/units/programs.  

Course Learning Objectives 

Each course meeting the Ethnic Studies requirement must fulfill a minimum of three out of the  following five learning objectives as appropriate to their lower- or upper-division status. 

These learning objectives must be used in addition to any learning objectives and criteria  established and required by each campus’ Ethnic Studies department/unit/program (as  traditionally defined) faculty for all courses meeting the CSU Ethnic Studies graduation  requirement: 

SLO 1: Analyze and articulate concepts such as race and racism, racialization, ethnicity, equity,  ethno-centrism, eurocentrism, white supremacy, self- determination, liberation, decolonization,  sovereignty, imperialism, settler colonialism, and anti-racism as analyzed in any one or more of  the following: Native American Studies, African American Studies, Asian American Studies,  

and Latina and Latino American Studies. 

SLO 2: Apply theory and knowledge produced by Native American, African American, Asian  American, and/or Latina and Latino American communities to describe the critical events,  histories, cultures, intellectual traditions, contributions, lived-experiences and social struggles of  those groups with a particular emphasis on agency and group-affirmation. 

SLO 3: Critically analyze the intersection of race and racism as they relate to class, gender,  sexuality, religion, spirituality, national origin, immigration status, ability, tribal citizenship,  sovereignty, language, and/or age in Native American, African American, Asian American,  and/or Latina and Latino American communities. 

SLO 4: Explain and assess how struggle, resistance, racial and social justice, solidarity, and  liberation, as experienced, enacted, and studied by Native Americans, African Americans, Asian  Americans and/or Latina and Latino Americans are relevant to current and structural issues such  as communal, national, international, and transnational politics as, for example, in immigration,  reparations, settler-colonialism, multiculturalism, language policies. 

SLO 5: Describe and actively engage with anti-racist and anti-colonial issues and the practices  and movements in Native American, African American, Asian American and/or Latina and  Latino communities to build a just and equitable society. 

Notes: 

1. Modifications or adaptations to these learning objectives are subject to the expert peer evaluation of Ethnic Studies faculty in Ethnic Studies departments, units, or  programs (e.g. Native American Studies, African American Studies, Asian American  Studies, and Latina/o Studies) on each campus.  

In addition, Ethnic Studies faculty in Ethnic Studies departments, units, or programs (e.g.  Native American Studies, African American Studies, Asian American Studies, and  Latina/o Studies) shall review, modify, and approve courses attempting to meet these  learning objectives on each campus.  

Furthermore, any committee reviewing courses for the CSU Ethnic Studies Graduation  Requirement must be chaired by Ethnic Studies faculty; and, such committees must have  a majority representation from faculty in the following departments/units/programs: 

Native American Studies, African American Studies, Asian American Studies, and  Latina/o Studies faculty. 

2. Finally, any modifications or adaptations must be guided by the fundamental principles  that undergird the definition of Ethnic Studies, as birthed from the named core four  disciplinary areas (Native American Studies, African American Studies, Asian American  Studies, and Latina/o Studies). 

Approved by Unanimous Consent on  

October 2, 2020

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