BA in Political Science and Journalism

Units required for Major: 51

Program Description

A unique interdisciplinary program that spans the combined areas of Government and Journalism.

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.

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

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 Internship Course
Internship In Journalism
Electives (9 Units)
Select 6 units of upper division courses in Government 26
Select one upper division course in Journalism.3
Total Units51

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


The Department particularly recommends at least one course in political theory. GOVT 150 may not be used as an elective.