Political Science and Criminal Justice


On February 8th, CLIC Environmental Advocates co-hosted a water forum, “H2O Origins: Where Does Our Water Come From? And Where Does it Go? 

pi sigma alpha hosted diplomat in residence, dorothy ngutter 

Pi Sigma Alpha hosted Diplomat in Residence, Dorothy Ngutter

On April 5, 2017, Pi Sigma Alpha hosted Diplomat in Residence, Dorothy Ngutter to speak before students of the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice.  Attended by over a dozen students, Ms. Ngutter answered rounds of questions about working for the US State Department.  She drew upon her experience as the Deputy Political Counselor in Ankara, Turkey (2012-2015) and, most recently, as a National Security Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University to provide students with unique and timely insights into our current foreign policy challenges, as well as career opportunities in international relations. 

featured speaker Dr. Katherine Zuckert

Featured speaker Dr. Katherine Zuckert

Pi Sigma Alpha co-sponsored a speaking event on April 18, 2017 featuring Dr. Katherine Zuckert from University of Notre Dame. Dr. Zuckert is a political theorist and current Editor-in-Chief of The Review of Politics.  Her most recent book places Machiavelli in the broader cannon of political theory.  At a lively interdisciplinary luncheon Dr. Zuckert fielded questions about the most Machiavellian U.S. President and what, according to Machiavelli, drives political behavior. Later that evening, Dr. Zuckert delivered her talk – “Machiavelli’s Popular Prince” – to a crowd of over 100 students, faculty, and Chico community members.  After an engaging question and answer session, a reception was held at the Humanities Center followed by a dinner with faculty and students.

From left, Professors Adam Irish, Jacob Jennings, Sue Hilderbrand, Darin Haerle, and Diana Dwyre

From left, Professors Adam Irish, Jacob Jennings, Sue Hilderbrand, Darin Haerle, and Diana Dwyre

On April 24th, Pi Sigma Alpha hosted a panel discussion, entitled “Are We Great Yet? A Panel Discussion of the Trump Administration’s First 100 Days.” The panelists included several Political Science and Criminal Justice faculty (Irish, Potter, Haerle and Dwyre), and was moderated by faculty member Sue Hilderbrand. The panelists discussed a variety of issues.  As advertised, this lively exchange of ideas touched on pressing matters such as President Trump’s negotiation style, legislative agenda, foreign policy, and the Trump Administration’s relations with Congress.

16th annual student research symposium

Students from POLS 421 peruse the research of their peers at the 16th annual BSS Student Research Symposium held on April 26, 2017. Over 20  Political Science and Criminal Justice students, from several classes, highlighted their research. 

tickling giants

On May 1, 2017, the Department of Poltiical Science and Criminal Justice (with Pi Sigma Iota, the Department of  International Languages Literatures and Cultures, the Department of History, the School of Educations, the Office of International Education and CALMENA) hosted a screening of the documentary Tickling Giants. The documentary covers the Arab Spring uprising in Egypt, and eventual instatement of military rule through the lens of political comedian Bassem Youssef. 

pols alumnae Vianney Bernabe

Political Science Alumnae Vianney Bernabe (front and center in white turtle neck), visited Professor Dwyre’s Congress course (POLS 473) to discuss her recent experience as a Fulbright Binational Business Intern in Mexico. 

pols alumnae Nicole McAllister

Alumnae Nicole McAllister (left of center in Chico State T-shirt) also stopped by Professor Dwyre’s Congress class (POLS 473) to discuss her Panetta Internship as well as her work for Congressman Garamendi. Nicole is not working at a non-profit NGO in DC. 

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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