About Us

Political Science Mission Statement

The mission of the Political Science Department is to provide students with the educational experiences and environment to become familiar with and competent in the attitudes, subjects, and skills of the discipline of political science, the capacity to attain career success that allows them to utilize the knowledge, skills, and judgment acquired in our programs, and a sense of civic responsibility.

Each major and program in our department has its own mission and goals, which you can read about in the program descriptions.

Chair's Welcome

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the Chico State Political Science Department Web Site!

If you are interested in politics, how and why government works the way it does, how society responds to crime, international issues and systems, political theory, or the law, then join us in the Political Science Department. We offer bachelor's degrees in criminal justiceinternational relations, general political science, legal studies, and public administration, and master's degrees in political science and public administration.

Our accomplished, committed, and energetic faculty offer a variety of courses on varied topics and will guide you through a program suited to your interests. Our program advisors are the best on campus.

The Political Science Department offers numerous internships, service learning opportunities, study abroad, and other activities such as the Model United Nations, the Community Legal Information Center (CLIC), the Moot Court competition, Alpha Phi Sigma (the national criminal justice honor society), Pi Sigma Alpha (the national political science honor society), the Pre-Law Society, and the Criminal Justice Student Association. The newly created Consortium for Public Safety Research provides students with experiential learning opportunities, as well as providing services to our North State criminal justice partners. Moreover, we are proud to offer more scholarships than any other department in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

Our website provides useful information on all of these programs and opportunities. I hope you find it helpful. We also invite you to come visit us on the seventh floor of Butte Hall.

A special note to our alumni – although you're not on campus, we still like to hear from you. Check out our alumni Web page, and come visit when you're back in Chico.


Ryan Patten
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Political Science