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Two female students
This year, the California State University celebrates the 45th anniversary of the founding of the first College of Ethnic Studies in the nation, established in 1969 at San Francisco State University. Hundreds of universities nationwide have since followed suit, developing ethnic studies degree programs of their own. The CSU was also a trailblazer in Womenís Studies and Chicana/o Studies programs—first founded at San Diego State and CSU Los Angeles, respectively.

Read about more milestones from the CSU systemís first 50 years »