BA in Journalism
Units required for Major: 37 plus a required minor
Minimum total units required for the BA: 120
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.
|Required Lower Division Courses (7 Units)|
|JOUR 20||Style For Media Writers||1|
|JOUR 30||News Writing||3|
|JOUR/COMS 55||Media Communication and Society||3|
|or JOUR 50||Mass Media and Critical Thinking|
|Required Upper Division Courses (18 Units)|
|JOUR 128||News Editing||3|
|JOUR 130A||News Reporting I||3|
|JOUR 130B||News Reporting II||3|
|JOUR 135||Public Affairs Reporting ||3|
|JOUR/COMS 153||Mass Media Law and Regulation||3|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Internship In Journalism|
|Electives (12 Units)|
|Select 12 units 1||12|
|Consult advisor for selection of an appropriate minor|
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.