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The Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree: 120 units

See “Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree” in The University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

The department has prepared a suggested Four Year Advising Plan to help students meet all graduation requirements within four years. Please request a plan from your major adviser or view it and other current advising information on the CSU, Chico Web.

General Education Requirements: 48 units

See “General Education Requirements” in The University Catalog and The Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education Requirements and course offerings. The course requirements marked below with an asterisk (*) may also be applied toward General Education.

Cultural Diversity Course Requirements: 6 units

See “Cultural Diversity” in The University Catalog. Most courses used to satisfy these requirements may also apply to General Education.

American Institutions Requirement: 6 units

See the “American Institutions Requirement” under “Bachelor’s Degree Requirements.” This requirement is normally fulfilled by completing HIST 050 and POLS 055. Courses used to satisfy this requirement do not apply to General Education.

Literacy Requirement:

See “Mathematics and Writing Requirements” in The University Catalog. Writing proficiency in the major is a graduation requirement and may be demonstrated through satisfactory completion of a course in your major which has been designated as the Writing Proficiency (WP) course for the semester in which you take the course. Students who earn below a C- are required to repeat the course and earn a C- or better to receive WP credit. See The Class Schedule for the designated WP courses for each semester. You must pass ENGL 001 (or its equivalent) with a C- or better before you may register for a WP course.

Course Requirements for the Major: 36-46 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree.

DEGREE CORE REQUIREMENTS: 13 units
Foundation: 7 units

1 course required:

POLS    130    Computer Applications in Pol Sci    3.0    FS

Or you may substitute any equivalent course.

2 courses required:

POLS    131    Intro to Political Inquiry    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: ENGL 001 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher.

POLS    131X    Techniques in Political Sci Res    1.0    FS

Political Theory: 3 units

1 course selected from:

POLS    231    American Political Thought    3.0    FA

POLS    232    Recent Amer Political Thought    3.0    SP

POLS    234    Origin West Political Thought    3.0    FA

This course is the same as PHIL 234 which may be substituted.

POLS    236    Liberal/Conservative Traditions    3.0    FA

This course is the same as PHIL 236 which may be substituted.

POLS    237    Contemporary Political Thought    3.0    SP

This course is the same as PHIL 237 which may be substituted.

POLS    238    Jurisprudence/Philosophy of Law    3.0    FA

This course is the same as PHIL 238 which may be substituted.

International Relations: 3 units

1 course required:

POLS    141    International Relations    3.0    FS *

Major Option Course Requirements: 23-33 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required dependent upon the option chosen. Students must select one of the following options for completion of the major course requirements.

OPTION IN GENERAL POLITICAL SCIENCE: 23 units

American Government and Politics: 6 units

2 courses selected from:

POLS    124    Women and Politics    3.0    FS *

This course is the same as WMST 124 which may be substituted.

POLS    127    Politics of Race/Ethnicity in US    3.0    FS Eth

This course is the same as MCGS 127 which may be substituted.

POLS    202    State Government    3.0    FS

POLS    203    Local Government    3.0    FS

POLS    204    Interest Groups and Lobbying    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: POLS 202 and POLS 273 are recommended.

POLS    222    Politic Socialization/Behavior    3.0    SP

POLS    223    Political Parties    3.0    Inq

POLS    224    Public Opinion and Propaganda    3.0    FS

This course is the same as CMST 224 and JOUR 224 which may be substituted.

POLS    225    Survey Research Methods    3.0    Inq

Prerequisites: SOCI 165 or SOCI 165M; SOCI 166 or other statistics course by permission of instructor. CMST majors: COM 202. POLS majors: POLS 221.

POLS    227    U.S. Campaigns and Elections    3.0    Inq

POLS    271A    Public Policy Formation    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in POLS 199A required.

POLS    272    The Presidency    3.0    SP

POLS    273    Congress    3.0    SP

Constitutional Law: 3 units

1 course selected from:

POLS    251A    Found Amer Constitution Law    3.0    FA

POLS    251B    Civil Rights/Civil Liberties    3.0    FS

This course is the same as MCGS 251B which may be substituted.

POLS    253    Legal Process and Behavior    3.0    FA

Community Service Internship: 3 units

1 course selected from:

POLS    280    The Student Journal of Politics    3.0    FS

POLS    289A    Intern Public Administration    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: 3.0 cumulative GPA, faculty permission.

POLS    289B    Intern Public Administration    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: 3.0 cumulative GPA, faculty permission.

POLS    289C    Internship in Political Science    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: 3.0 cumulative GPA, faculty permission.

POLS    289D    Internship in Political Science    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: 3.0 cumulative GPA, faculty permission.

POLS    289K    Internship in Public Law    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

POLS    289L    Internship in Public Law    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

POLS    289P    Work Experience Public Agencies    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: Senior standing, faculty permission.

Senior Capstone: 5 units

3 courses required:

POLS    197A    Tutorial in Political Science    1.0    FS

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

POLS    199    Special Problems    1.0-3.0    FS

Take POLS 199 for 1 unit.

POLS    229    Capstone in American Politics    3.0    FS

Elective Requirement: 6 units

6 units selected from:

Any upper-division political science (POLS) courses (with no more than 6 units from internships and 3 units of independent research or study counting toward the major).

OPTION IN LEGAL STUDIES: 24-33 units

Option Core Program: 12 units

3 courses required:

POLS    151    Introduction to Legal Studies    3.0    FS

POLS    251B    Civil Rights/Civil Liberties    3.0    FS

This course is the same as MCGS 251B which may be substituted.

POLS    289K    Internship in Public Law    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: faculty permission.

1 course selected from:

POLS    238    Jurisprudence/Philosophy of Law    3.0    FA

This course is the same as PHIL 238 which may be substituted.

POLS    251A    Found Amer Constitution Law    3.0    FA

POLS    259    Capstone in Public Law    3.0    FS

This course is the same as POLS 351 which may be substituted.

Advising Pattern Course Requirements: 12-21 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required depending upon the advising pattern chosen. Students must select one of the following advising patterns for completion of the major course requirements.

The Option in Legal Studies requires selection of one of the patterns listed below. The following patterns must be followed, unless prior approval is obtained from the Coordinator of the Legal Studies Program.

ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION PATTERN: 21 units

5 courses required:

MGMT    145    Negotiation Techn for Conflict    3.0    SP

SOSC    170    Methods of Conflict Resolution    3.0    FS

POLS    252    Altern Dispute Resolution    3.0    FA

POLS    254    Legal Research    3.0    FS

POLS    289L    Internship in Public Law    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

1 course selected from:

POLS    222    Politic Socialization/Behavior    3.0    SP

POLS    242    International Organizations    3.0    FA

POLS    243    International Law    3.0    FS

PHIL    139    Roots of War: Phil Survey    3.0    FS *

PHIL    145    Comparative Peace Studies    3.0    FS *

1 course selected from:

POLS    238    Jurisprudence/Philosophy of Law    3.0    FA

This course is the same as PHIL 238 which may be substituted.

POLS    260D    Collective Bargaining    3.0    JA

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

POLS    262    Organizational Theory    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: POLS 260A or concurrent enrollment.

POLS    264    Administrative Law    3.0    FA

POLS    293    Community Research    3.0-15.0    FS

Prerequisites: Approval of the Department of Political Science.

BLAW    213    Employment Law    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: At least junior standing.

BLAW    214    Labor Law/Collective Bargaining    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: At least junior standing or faculty permission.

Other appropriate courses may be selected with the prior permission of the Legal Studies Coordinator.

LAW AND THE ENVIRONMENT PATTERN: 12 units

3 courses selected from:

GEOG    223    Planning Methods    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: GEOG 115, GEOG 120.

GEOG    227    Environmental Impact Analysis    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: GEOG 120 or equivalent.

POLS    261    Environmental Politics/Admin    3.0    SP

POLS    268    Planning Law    3.0    SP

POLS    289L    Internship in Public Law    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

POLS    291G    Simulation: Public Law    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: Upper-division standing.

1 course selected from:

POLS    254    Legal Research    3.0    FS

POLS    256    Legal Analysis    3.0    FS

LAW AND THEORY PATTERN: 12 units

3 courses selected from:

POLS    226    Women and the Law    3.0    Inq

This course is the same as WMST 226 which may be substituted.

POLS    238    Jurisprudence/Philosophy of Law    3.0    FA

This course is the same as PHIL 238 which may be substituted.

POLS    253    Legal Process and Behavior    3.0    FA

POLS    259    Capstone in Public Law    3.0    FS

This course is the same as POLS 351 which may be substituted.

POLS    265    Administration of Justice    3.0    FS

POLS    289L    Internship in Public Law    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

1 course selected from:

POLS    254    Legal Research    3.0    FS

POLS    256    Legal Analysis    3.0    FS

LAW AND SOCIAL INTERESTS PATTERN: 12 units

3 courses selected from:

POLS    243    International Law    3.0    FS

POLS    256    Legal Analysis    3.0    FS

POLS    259    Capstone in Public Law    3.0    FS

This course is the same as POLS 351 which may be substituted.

POLS    289L    Internship in Public Law    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

POLS    291G    Simulation: Public Law    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: Upper-division standing.

POLS    351    Seminar: Public Law    3.0    FA

This course is the same as POLS 259 which may be substituted.

1 course selected from:

POLS    254    Legal Research    3.0    FS

POLS    256    Legal Analysis    3.0    FS

PARALEGAL STUDIES PATTERN: 20-21 units

3 courses required:

POLS    254    Legal Research    3.0    FS

POLS    255    Legal Para-Professional    3.0    FS

POLS    289L    Internship in Public Law    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

1 course selected from:

POLS    291F    Simulation: Public Law    2.0    FA

Prerequisites: Upper-division standing.

POLS    291G    Simulation: Public Law    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: Upper-division standing.

9 units selected from:

AIST    257    American Indian/Federal Law    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

This course is the same as POLS 257 which may be substituted.

BLAW    211    Commercial Law    3.0    Inq

Prerequisites: BLAW 100.

BLAW    212    Business/Government Regulation    3.0    Inq

Prerequisites: At least junior standing.

BLAW    213    Employment Law    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: At least junior standing.

BLAW    214    Labor Law/Collective Bargaining    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: At least junior standing or faculty permission.

HCSV    233    Laws, Ethics, & Regs in Hlth Svc    3.0    SP

POLS    198W    Special Topics    1.0    FS

POLS    199    Special Problems    1.0-3.0    FS

POLS    243    International Law    3.0    FS

POLS    256    Legal Analysis    3.0    FS

POLS    264    Administrative Law    3.0    FA

POLS    265    Administration of Justice    3.0    FS

POLS    268    Planning Law    3.0    SP

POLS    293    Community Research    3.0-15.0    FS

Prerequisites: Approval of the Department of Political Science.

RECR    238    Recreation/Park Law/Principles    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: RECR 010; concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of RECR 020, RECR 040, RECR 050, or RECR 060; or faculty permission.

SWRK    280    Law and Disadvantaged Persons    3.0    Inq

Electives Requirement:

To complete the total units required for the bachelor’s degree, select additional elective courses from the total university offerings. You should consult with an adviser regarding the selection of courses which will provide breadth to your university experience and apply to a supportive second major or minor.

Grading Requirement:

All courses taken to fulfill major course requirements must be taken for a letter grade, except those courses specified by the department as Credit/No Credit grading only.

Advising Requirement:

Advising is mandatory for all majors in this degree program. Consult your undergraduate adviser for specific information.