BA in Political Science and Journalism

Units required for the Major: 51
Minimum total units required for the BA: 120

Program Description

The Sacramento State Journalism program provides both a general academic experience and professional preparation. Sacramento's program emphasizes writing, editing, writing for interactive media, and other courses necessary to prepare students for success in media-related jobs; it also includes courses that critically examine media as an institution.

Journalism majors are the core of students who write for The State Hornet a weekly newspaper with a website updated daily at

A student at Sacramento State may major either in Journalism or in Government-Journalism. A minor in Journalism is valuable to the student entering a career field in which journalism plays a role.

The Journalism graduate who wants to work for a newspaper should expect to serve an apprenticeship with a small newspaper before moving up to a metropolitan daily. Journalism graduates also work as magazine editors and writers, as publications employees in government agencies and associations, in broadcast journalism, and in public affairs.

Minimum Grade Requirement

Majors must complete each required lower and upper division Journalism course with a grade of "C-" or better.

Program Requirements

Required Lower Division Courses (9 Units)
GOVT 1Essentials Of Government 13
JOUR 30News Writing3
JOUR/COMS 55Media Communication and Society3
or JOUR 50 Mass Media and Critical Thinking
Required Upper Division Courses (33 Units)
GOVT 170Public Policy Development3
GOVT 180California State and Local Government3
Select one of the following:3
The American Presidency
Political Parties in America
The Legislative Process
Interest Groups
Politics, Opinion, and Participation
Campaigns and Elections
Introduction to Urban Politics
Select one of the following:3
Constitutional Law
Constitutional Rights and Liberties
Select one of the following:3
International Politics
International Organization
American Foreign Policy
JOUR 130ANews Reporting I3
JOUR 130BNews Reporting II3
JOUR/GOVT 134War, Peace and the Mass Media3
JOUR 135Public Affairs Reporting 3
JOUR/COMS 153Mass Media Law and Regulation3
Select one of the following:3
GOVT 195 series
Internship In Journalism
Electives (9 Units)
Select 6 units of upper division courses in Government6
Select one upper division course in Journalism3
Total Units51

If a student has not taken GOVT 1 or its equivalent, then GOVT 150 may be used in place of GOVT 1or as its equivalent as a prerequisite.

Note: Government/Journalism majors should have both an advisor in the Government Department and a Journalism Advisor in the Communication Studies Department.

The University's association with the Washington Center makes it possible for California State University, Sacramento students to undertake an internship in Washington, D.C. There are many opportunities for Government-Journalism majors to do an internship to meet their unique interests through this program.