BA in Journalism

Units required for Major: 40
Total units required for BA: 120

Program Description

The Sacramento State Journalism program educates its students in ethical, accurate, and compassionate storytelling. We engage our community using new technology and innovative methods in order to enlighten the public and monitor the powerful. Our students become committed and versatile professionals with a strong background in both journalism theory and practice.

Sacramento State's program emphasizes research, writing and editing 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 write The State Hornet, a weekly print newspaper and daily multimedia publication.

A journalism degree prepares students for a variety of careers and graduate studies. Graduates work as journalists in a diverse range of media, as public relations representatives, and as communications staff for government agencies, non-profits, and other organizations.

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 courses with a "C-" or better.

Students with a Sacramento State grade point average of 2.3 or better may request early admission to the major.

Required Pre-Major Courses (13 Units)
JOUR 20Style For Media Writers1
JOUR 30News Writing3
JOUR/COMS 55Media Communication and Society3
or JOUR 50 Media Literacy and Critical Thinking
JOUR 130ANews Reporting I3
JOUR 130BNews Reporting II3

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 Society 13
or JOUR 50 Media Literacy and Critical Thinking
Required Upper Division Courses (21 Units)
JOUR 128News Editing3
JOUR 130ANews Reporting I3
JOUR 130BNews Reporting II3
JOUR 131Data Journalism3
JOUR 135Public Affairs Reporting 13
JOUR/COMS 153Journalism Law and Ethics3
Select one of the following:3
Internship In Journalism
JOUR 197 Journalism Laboratory (New Course Proposed)
Electives (12 Units)
Select 12 units 212
Total Units40

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.

General Education Requirements1

Area A: Basic Subjects (6-9 Units)
A1 - Oral Communication3
A2 - Written Communication3
A3 - Critical Thinking 2,30 - 3
Area B: Physical Universe and Its Life Forms (13 Units)
B1 - Physical Science3
B2 - Life Forms3
B3 - Lab (Note: Lab experience to be taken with one of the following: B1, B2 or B5)1
B4 - Math Concepts3
B5 - Additional Course (Any B to reach 12 units) - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements.3
Area C: Arts and Humanities (12 Units)
C1 - Arts3
C2 - Humanities3
C1/C2 - Area C Course3
C1/C2 - Area C Course - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements.3
Area D: The Individual and Society (9 Units)
Area D Course3
Area D Course3
Area D Course3
Area D Course - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements. 20
Area E: Understanding Personal Development (3 Units)
Area E Course3
Total Units43-46

Graduation Requirements1

Graduation Requirements (required by CSU) (6 Units)
American Institutions: U.S. History3
American Institutions: U.S. Constitution & CA Government3
Writing Intensive (WI) 20
Graduation Requirements (required by Sacramento State) (12 Units)
English Composition II3
Race and Ethnicity in American Society (RE)3
Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement 36