Political Science and Criminal Justice

Student Accomplishments

students at the Wildcat Vote Event October 15th


Pi Sigma Alpha hosted a booth at the Wildcats Vote Event on October 15th, prior to the midterm elections. At the booth, students could read about a ballot proposition, and then try to pin the tail on either the donkey or elephant to win candy.  Hayley Finetti (PSA VP Membership) and Jen Kremer(PSA President) are pictured.


 Upsilon Delta Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha annual banquet

On May 3rd, the Upsilon Delta Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha held their annual banquet and initiation ceremony at Canyon Oakes Country Club.  This year the honor society inducted 40 new members.  This year’s keynote speaker and inaugural recipient of the Upsilon Delta Chapter Academic Leadership Award was Dr. Alan Gibson who delivered a talk entitled “Pi Sigma Alpha: Weaving Excellence in Education Back into the Our University Narrative.” Dr. Gibson’s address was by turns hilarious, insight-filled, and inspiring for this year’s cohort of honors students.  This event capped off an incredibly active spring for Pi Sigma Alpha.  A short list of their many activities includes sponsorship of an campus talk by Dr. Greg Weiner on the politics of impeachment, screening the film “American Totem” (produced by Chico State Professor Sue Hilderbrand) to 800+ students and community members, as well as, a coffee hour with Congressman Mike Thompson of the Fifth District, among other things.  Please congratulate the following students on their admission into the political science honor society Pi Sigma Alpha:

  • Ilknur Aktemur
  • Ginger Alonso
  • Yoseline Alvarez
  • Rebecca Anderson
  • Blaine Ball
  • Jack Barrett
  • Alexis Begin
  • Kelsey Belli
  • Jeremy Benjamin
  • Mia Colacion
  • Karyn Cornell
  • Wendy Cumberland
  • Amber Davis
  • Nicole Derochers
  • Nicholas Feeley
  • Shannon Foley
  • Stephanie Gerstle
  • Genissis Henandez
  • Marissa Herroz
  • Sydnie Hornback
  • Lexie Hubbard
  • Nicole Kaufmanova
  • Jennifer Kremer
  • Kayla Lewandowski
  • Lacey Lorenzen
  • William Massa
  • Kelsey McCaffrey
  • Bridgit McKay
  • Hayley Meace
  • Danie O’Donnell
  • Maya Padilla
  • Layla Pedigo
  • Sarah Quick
  • Flowra Rashoo
  • Rachel Reyes
  • Grace Smith
  • Hayley Stone
  • Michael Swindle
  • William Walker
  • Kristin Whiteaker

Pi Sigma Alpha hosted a coffee hour with Congressman Mike Thompson

Pi Sigma Alpha hosted a coffee hour with Congressman Mike Thompson of the 5th District (and a Chico State alumnus) on May 1, 2018. The students discussed everything from the recent tax bill to gun control and the upcoming midterm elections. 


 BSS Student SymposiumIn late April, Sarah Smith’s students in her Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice (POLS 459D) participated in the BSS Student Symposium, presenting their work on reducing mass incarceration.


Grayson Boyer presented his paper – “The Future Politics of the South China Sea & Maritime Limits”

International Relations major, Grayson Boyer presented his paper – “The Future Politics of the South China Sea & Maritime Limits” - at the Pi Sigma Alpha National Undergraduate Research Conference in Washington DC, February 17, 2018. 

Political Statements is the official newsletter of the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice at California State University, Chico.

With over 1,000 total majors, the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice is one of the largest departments at Chico State. Students choose courses from a rich curriculum, providing close student-faculty contact in each of the following majors of study: U.S. politics, legal studies, criminal justice, international relations, and public administration. The department also offers a Master of Public Administration and a Master of Arts in Political Science.

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