Ethnic studies a high school requirement in California

The ethnic studies movement began in California, where students at San Francisco State University and the University of California, Berkeley protested in the late 1960s, demanding courses in African American, Chicano, Asian American, and Native American studies.

Ethnic studies a high school requirement in California

California high school students will be required to take an ethnic studies course in addition to English, science, math, and other graduation requirements beginning from the year 2029-30. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill that makes California one of the first states in the country to mandate all public high school students to take ethnic studies as a graduation requirement.

Starting 2025-2026 academic year, all public schools in the state must provide at least one ethnic studies course, and students graduating in the 2029-30 academic year must have completed a one-semester course in the subject as per the law.