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.

A suggested Major Academic Plan (MAP) has been prepared 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.

Please see General Education, Cultural Diversity, American Institutions, and Literacy Requirements under the BA in Political Science.

Course Requirements for the Major: 55 units

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


7 courses required:
POLS250Intro to Criminal Justice3.0FS
POLS257Juvenile Justice Process3.0Inq
POLS259AIntroduction to Criminal Law3.0FS

Prerequisites: POLS 250 or faculty permission.

POLS352Policing in America3.0FA

Prerequisites: POLS 250.


Prerequisites: POLS 250.

POLS459DSenior Cap Sem in Crim Jus3.0FS

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.


Criminal Justice

3 courses selected from:
ANTH311Survey Forensic Science3.0FS
HCSV370Drugs in Our Society3.0FS *
POLS259Chico Police Serv/Lrn Practicm3.0SP
POLS354Community Corrections3.0Inq
POLS426Women and the Law3.0Inq
POLS459ACriminal Procedure3.0FS

Prerequisites: POLS 250.

POLS459BPolicy Issues Criminal Justice3.0SP

Prerequisites: POLS 250.

POLS460EPolice Admin and Management3.0Inq
POLS465Administration of Justice3.0FS
POLS489EInternship in Criminal Justice1.03.0FS

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.

SOCI484Youth, Crime, and Delinquency3.0SP

Prerequisites: SOCI 384 recommended.

SOCI487Sociology of Gangs3.0FA
Research Methods
3 courses required:
POLS330Comp Applications in Pol Sci3.0FS
POLS331Intro to Political Inquiry3.0FS WP

Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher.

POLS331XTechniqs in Political Sci Res1.0FS

Ethical Questions

1 course required:
PHIL332Criminal Justice Ethics3.0FS

Criminal Justice and the Individual

1 course selected from:
PSYC351Socio-Cultural Psy Development3.0FS *
PSYC381Abnormal Psychology3.0FS
PSYC391Psy of Prejudice/Hate/Violence3.0FS *Eth
SOCI380Sociology of Deviant Behavior3.0FS *

Criminal Justice and American Society

1 course selected from:
PSYC395Social Psychology3.0FS
SOCI330Sociology of Gender3.0FS
SOCI350Ethnic and Race Relations3.0Inq *Eth
SOCI486Sociology of Law3.0SP

Understanding Criminal Justice Bureaucracies

1 course required:
POLS460AIntro to Public Administration3.0FS

Theoretical Foundations of the American System

1 course selected from:
POLS431American Political Thought3.0FA
POLS432Recent Amer Political Thought3.0SP
POLS436Liberal/Conservative Trad3.0FA
POLS437Contemporary Political Thought3.0Inq
POLS438Jurisprudence/Phil of Law3.0FA

Courts and the Criminal Justice System

1 course selected from:
POLS451AFound Amer Constitution Law3.0FA
POLS451BCivil Rights/Civil Liberties3.0FS
POLS453Legal Process and Behavior3.0FA
POLS464Administrative Law3.0FA