California community colleges may require ethnic studies

Community college students in California could soon have to take an ethnic studies class in order to receive their associate’s degree.

Posted: May 26, 2021 8:30 AM
Updated: May 26, 2021 9:01 AM

CHICO, Calif. - Many students who will walk through the doors at Butte College come fall 2022 could have some changes to their schedules.

This week, the statewide board of governors that oversees 116 community colleges will hold a public hearing that will propose to add the class to students’ general education requirements.

Alexis Hernandez, a student at Butte College said she thinks this will be a great addition to her education.

“I think this will be a really great opportunity for our school, our students,” Hernandez explained. “I think these classes will allow us to better understand each other as humans. Everywhere you go you are going to meet different people and it is important to be able to understand where they are coming from and to respect them.”

If the board approves the new requirement which is expected, it would mean that any student who is pursuing an associate’s degree will have to take a class in African American studies, Native American studies, or Latino and Latina studies.

Students at community colleges could see this implemented as early as 2022. The board is expected to vote on this change come July.

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