Distinctive Academic Programs

The heart and essence of the division of Academic Affairs is the learning process: the active collaboration among a community of diverse students, faculty and staff that enables learning opportunities that connect classroom instruction, co-curricular experiences and public service. We purposefully integrate liberal and applied learning to provide all our students with the knowledge, skills, and habits that form the basis for life-long learning, civic engagement, and enlightened service in a diverse world society.

Distinctive Undergraduate Programs

CSU, Chico offers 66 undergraduate degree programs in the liberal arts and in professional and technical areas. Many of these "majors" are divided into areas of specialization either as options or patterns. In addition, students may choose from a wide variety of minors, teaching credentials, and certificates. All of these programs are offered within seven colleges and forty-five departments.

Each program has developed a detailed, self-service guide known as Major Academic Plan or MAPS. Through MAPS, you can find the requirements for their major or explore other majors that may interest them.

Advising methods are customized to fit each academic unit and its students. In some cases (e.g., College of Business), there is a centralized office staffed by professional academic advisors. In other departments, students receive personalized attention from individual faculty members. In addition to advising within the major, the University has centralized academic advising programs.

Distinctive Graduate Programs

While CSU, Chico is an institution for excellence in undergraduate education, it also has many vital, high-quality graduate programs. Post-Baccalaureate students comprise about 9 percent of CSU, Chico’s students. The University offers 35 master’s degree programs ranging from professional degrees that meet the needs of the North State (e.g., Masters in Business Administration, Masters in Social Work, MS in Nursing, Masters in Public Administration, MA in Educational Leadership) through traditional liberal arts degrees such as English, History, Anthropology, and Political Science, to technical degrees that attract large numbers of international students, such as Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering.

New graduate students are provided assistance similar to that given to new undergraduates, to help them acclimate to the University and the community. Graduate Studies offers a new-student orientation at the beginning of each semester. It is designed to give students an overview of the entire process of graduate study, including the various steps necessary to arrive at graduation and who is available to help them at each point. Graduate Studies publishes A Guide to Graduate Studies: Policies, Procedures, & Format to provide students with important information on how to navigate through earning a master’s degree.