BA in Journalism

Units required for Major: 37 plus a required minor

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.

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.

Pre-major to Journalism

Prior to acceptance as a Journalism major, students must first complete a pre-major consisting of all required lower division courses plus JOUR 130A and JOUR 130B. Students must successfully complete each pre-major course with a grade of "C-" or better. Students with a Sacramento State grade point average of 2.3 or better may request early admission to the major.

Minimum Grade Requirement

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

Program Requirements

Required Lower Division Courses (7 Units)
JOUR 20Style For Media Writers1
JOUR 30News Writing3
JOUR/COMS 55Media Communication and Society3
or JOUR 50 Mass Media and Critical Thinking
Required Upper Division Courses (18 Units)
JOUR 128News Editing3
JOUR 130ANews Reporting I3
JOUR 130BNews Reporting II3
JOUR 135Public Affairs Reporting 3
JOUR/COMS 153Mass Media Law and Regulation3
Select one of the following:3
Internship In Journalism
Journalism Laboratory
Journalism Laboratory
Electives (12 Units)
Select 12 units 112
Required Minor
Consult advisor for selection of an appropriate minor
Total Units37

Elective units chosen in consultation with an advisor from among Journalism faculty. At least 9 of the 12 units must be upper division. No more than a total of nine units in JOUR 195/JOUR 197A/JOUR 197B/ OR JOUR 199 combined may be counted toward the Journalism or Government-Journalism major, and no more than 6 units of any one of these courses is counted toward the major.

Note: Up to 6 units of coursework from photography or graphic design may be applied toward a major or minor in Journalism with approval of a Journalism advisor.