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The University CSU Dominguez Hills


California State University, Dominguez Hills is located on the historic Rancho San Pedro, the oldest Spanish land grant in the Los Angeles area. Its 346-acre campus was in the continuous possession of the Dominguez family through seven generations, from its concession to Juan Jose Dominguez in 1784 to its acquisition by the people of the state for the University.

The Legislature of the state of California authorized the establishment of this University in 1960, and the first students were enrolled in the fall of 1965. The campus is strategically located in the heart of a major technological, industrial and transportation complex. Moreover, it is central in a population that is international and multi-ethnic, and the people of this area are genuinely heterogeneous; cultural pluralism is a major characteristic of the University. At the same time, there is a continuing focus on the Hispanic heritage of California.


University Mission


California State University, Dominguez Hills is a comprehensive urban university, located in the city of Carson and primarily serving the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. The University is a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic teaching and learning community dedicated to excellence and committed to educating a student population of unprecedented diversity for leadership roles in the global community of the 21st Century. We invite international perspectives, cultivate programs that serve students from other nations, and encourage our students and faculty to participate in programs in other countries. We are committed to excellence and pluralism in higher education further the goals of a democratic society through wide participation and civic responsibility in community, social, and economic affairs.

California State University, Dominguez Hills realizes the principles of educational opportunity and excellence by providing access to a wide range of educational programs and student-centered services. Building on its core of liberal arts and sciences, the university offers programs, in a variety of educational and technological modes, that enables students to develop intellectually, personally, and professionally. These programs are offered at times and locations convenient for the students we serve.

California State University, Dominguez Hills pursues productive relationships with educational, public sector, and business communities, by developing programs that address contemporary social concerns while fulfilling the University's commitment to teaching and learning, research, scholarship, creative activity, and services.


Service/Members Opportunity Colleges

CSU Dominguez Hills has been designated as a member of Service/Members Opportunity Colleges (SOC), a group of more than 1,200 colleges and universities providing post-secondary education to members of the military throughout the world. As a SOC member, CSU Dominguez Hills recognizes the unique nature of the military lifestyle and has committed itself to easing the transfer of relevant course credits, providing flexible academic residency requirements, and crediting learning from appropriate military training and experiences. SOC has been developed jointly by educational representatives of each of the Armed Services, the Office of the Secretary of Defense and a consortium of 13 leading national higher education associations; it is sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges.



CSU Dominguez Hills Foundation Board

Dr. Justine Bell-Waters

Dr. Boice Bowman

Mr. Robert L. Brigham

Mr. William H. Brown

Dr. Mohamed El-Badawi

Mr. Clifford Cannon

Mr. James D. Flynn

Mr. David Gamboa

Mr. James Gierlich

Mr. James C. (Chris) Hall

Mr. Herbert Harry

Ms. Pilar Hoyos

Ms. Del Huff

Honorable Helen S. Kawagoe

Mr. Llewellyn (Llyn) King, Jr.

Dr. James E. Lyons, Sr.

Ms. Nancy McGowan

Dr. Allen A. Mori

Mr. George Pardon

Mr. Ken Putnam

Mr. Jose Reyes

Dr. Monica Rosas-Baines

Dr. Sharon Russell

Mr. George Schmeltzer

Mr. Art Wible

Ms. Patricia Williams


Honorary Member

Mrs. Katherine Loker


Ex-Officio Member

Mr. Kent Gibson