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.

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.

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 taken 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 130 and POLS 155. 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 130 (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:
POLS330Comp Applications in Pol Sci3.0FS

Or you may substitute any equivalent course.

2 courses required:
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

Political Theory: 3 units

1 course selected from:
POLS431American Political Thought3.0FA
POLS432Recent Amer Political Thought3.0SP
POLS434Origin West Political Thought3.0Inq
POLS436Liberal/Conservative Trad3.0FA
POLS437Contemporary Political Thought3.0Inq
POLS438Jurisprudence/Phil of Law3.0FA

International Relations: 3 units

1 course required:
POLS341International Relations3.0FS *

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:
POLS324Women and Politics3.0FS *
POLS327Poltcs of Race/Ethnicity in US3.0FS Eth
POLS402State Government3.0FS
POLS403Local Government3.0FS
POLS404Interest Groups and Lobbying3.0FA

Prerequisites: POLS 402 and POLS 473 are recommended.

POLS422Politic Socialization/Behavior3.0SP
POLS423Political Parties3.0Inq
POLS424Public Opinion and Propaganda3.0FS
POLS425Survey Research Methods3.0FS

Prerequisites: SOCI 310 or SWRK 330; SOCI 315 or other statistics course by permission of instructor. CMST majors: COM 202. POLS majors: POLS 421.

POLS427U.S. Campaigns and Elections3.0Inq
POLS471APublic Policy Formation3.0FA
POLS472The Presidency3.0SP
POLS473Congress3.0SP

Constitutional Law: 3 units

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

Community Service Internship: 3 units

1 course selected from:
POLS480The Student Jrnl of Politics3.0FS
POLS489AIntern Public Administration1.03.0FS

Prerequisites: 3.0 cumulative GPA and faculty permission.

POLS489CInternship in Political Sci1.03.0FS

Prerequisites: 3.0 cumulative GPA and faculty permission.

POLS489EInternship in Criminal Justice1.03.0FS

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.

POLS489KInternship in Legal Studies1.03.0FS

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

POLS489LInternship in Public Law3.0FS

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

POLS489PWork Experience Pub Agencies1.03.0FS

Prerequisites: Senior standing, faculty permission.

Senior Capstone: 5 units

3 courses required:
POLS397Tutorial in Political Science1.0FS

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

POLS399Special Problems1.03.0FS

Take POLS 399 for 1 unit.

POLS429Capstone in American Politics3.0FS

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:
POLS351Introduction to Legal Studies3.0FS
POLS451BCivil Rights/Civil Liberties3.0FS
POLS489KInternship in Legal Studies1.03.0FS

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

1 course selected from:
POLS438Jurisprudence/Phil of Law3.0FA
POLS451AFound Amer Constitution Law3.0FA
POLS459Capstone in Public Law3.0FS

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

4 courses required:
MGMT345Negotiation Techn for Conflict3.0SP
POLS452Altern Dispute Resolution3.0FA
POLS454Legal Research3.0FS
POLS489LInternship in Public Law3.0FS

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

1 course selected from:
POLS422Politic Socialization/Behavior3.0SP
POLS442International Organizations3.0FA
POLS443International Law3.0FS
PHIL342Roots of War: Phil Survey3.0FS *
PHIL344Comparative Peace Studies3.0FS *
2 courses selected from:
POLS438Jurisprudence/Phil of Law3.0FA
POLS460DCollective Bargaining3.0JA

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

POLS462Organizational Theory3.0FS

Prerequisites: POLS 460A or concurrent enrollment.

POLS464Administrative Law3.0FA
POLS493Community Research3.015.0FS

Prerequisites: Approval of the Department of Political Science.

BLAW413Employment Law3.0FS

Prerequisites: At least junior standing.

BLAW414Labor Law/Collective Bargain3.0FS

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:
GEOG423Planning Methods3.0Inq

Prerequisites: GEOG 315, GEOG 320.

GEOG427Environmental Impact Analysis3.0SP

Prerequisites: GEOG 320 or equivalent.

POLS461Environmental Politics/Admin3.0SP
POLS468Planning Law3.0SP
POLS489LInternship in Public Law3.0FS

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

POLS491GSimulation: Public Law3.0SP

Prerequisites: Upper-division standing.

1 course selected from:
POLS454Legal Research3.0FS
POLS456Legal Analysis3.0FS

LAW AND THEORY PATTERN: 12 units

3 courses selected from:
POLS426Women and the Law3.0Inq
POLS438Jurisprudence/Phil of Law3.0FA
POLS453Legal Process and Behavior3.0FA
POLS459Capstone in Public Law3.0FS
POLS465Administration of Justice3.0FS
POLS489LInternship in Public Law3.0FS

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

1 course selected from:
POLS454Legal Research3.0FS
POLS456Legal Analysis3.0FS

LAW AND SOCIAL INTERESTS PATTERN: 12 units

3 courses selected from:
POLS443International Law3.0FS
POLS456Legal Analysis3.0FS
POLS459Capstone in Public Law3.0FS
POLS489LInternship in Public Law3.0FS

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

POLS491GSimulation: Public Law3.0SP

Prerequisites: Upper-division standing.

1 course selected from:
POLS454Legal Research3.0FS
POLS456Legal Analysis3.0FS

PARALEGAL STUDIES PATTERN: 20-21 units

3 courses required:
POLS454Legal Research3.0FS
POLS455Legal Para-Professional3.0FS
POLS489LInternship in Public Law3.0FS

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

1 course selected from:
POLS491FSimulation: Public Law2.0FA

Prerequisites: Upper-division standing.

POLS491GSimulation: Public Law3.0SP

Prerequisites: Upper-division standing.

9 units selected from:
AIST457American Indian/Federal Law3.0FA

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

BLAW411Commercial Law3.0Inq

Prerequisites: BLAW 302.

BLAW412Business/Government Regulation3.0Inq

Prerequisites: At least junior standing.

BLAW413Employment Law3.0FS

Prerequisites: At least junior standing.

BLAW414Labor Law/Collective Bargain3.0FS

Prerequisites: At least junior standing or faculty permission.

HCSV332Laws/Ethics/Regs in Hlth Svc3.0SP
POLS398Special Topics1.03.0FS
POLS399Special Problems1.03.0FS
POLS443International Law3.0FS
POLS456Legal Analysis3.0FS
POLS464Administrative Law3.0FA
POLS465Administration of Justice3.0FS
POLS468Planning Law3.0SP
POLS493Community Research3.015.0FS

Prerequisites: Approval of the Department of Political Science.

RECR428Recr Law & Legal Principles3.0FS

Prerequisites: RECR 200; concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of RECR 220, RECR 240, RECR 250, or RECR 260; or faculty permission.

SWRK480Law and Disadvantaged Persons3.0Inq

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 possibly 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.

Honors in the Major

Honors in the Major is a program of independent work in your major. It involves 6 units of honors course work completed over two semesters.

Your Honors work will be recognized at your graduation, on your permanent transcripts, and on your diploma. It is often accompanied by letters of commendation from your mentor in the department or the department chair. Most importantly, however, the Honors in the Major program allows you to work closely with a faculty mentor in your area of interest on an original performance or research project. This year-long collaboration allows you to work in your field at a professional level and culminates in a public presentation of your work. Students sometimes take their projects beyond the university for submission in professional journals, presentation at conferences, or competition in shows; such experience is valuable for graduate school and later professional life.

Some common features of Honors in the Major program are

1. You must take 6 units of Honors in the Major course work. At least 3 of these 6 units are independent study (499H) as specified by your department. You must complete each class with a minimum grade of B. 2. You must have completed 9 units of upper-division course work or 21 overall units in your major before you can be admitted to Honors in the Major. Check the requirements carefully, as there may be specific courses that must be included in these units. 3. Your cumulative GPA should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5 percent of majors in your department. 4. Your GPA in your major should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5 percent of majors in your department. 5. Most students apply for or are invited to participate in Honors in the Major during the second semester of their junior year. Then they complete the 6 units of course work over the two semesters of their senior year. 6. Your honors work culminates with a public presentation of your Honors project.

While Honors in the Major is part of the Honors Program, each department administers its own program. Please contact your major department or major adviser for further information.