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Government Department

  • Welcome to the Department of Government

    Our Department expects to turn politically interested and concerned students into politically literate college graduates, whatever their career plans or other interests.  Specifically, training in Government courses should equip students with analytical skills including (1) the ability to recognize and understand the use of theory, analytic frames and models and their use to interpret and understand political phenomena; (2) the ability to recognize the importance of and to weigh the worth of evidence marshaled to support or oppose an argument; and (3) the ability to coherently systematize and accumulate political information and knowledge and to use this stock of knowledge to better understand the political world.  With these skills you can undertake a variety of careers.

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  • Sacramento Semester Program

    The Sacramento Semester Program, established in 1976 at California State University,Sacramento, is active learning at its best. As the most populous state in the U.S., California has a large and complex state government that deals with public policy on virtually all the issues that confront the nation as the new century begins. 

    The Sacramento Semester Program offers you, as a student at one of the 23 California State University campuses or other college or university, the opportunity to work with members of the legislature, departments in the executive branch, or with political associations and lobbyists during a four and one-half month internship. Typically, Sacramento Semester students conduct legislative research, monitor bills, correspond with constituents or grassroots membership, prepare press releases and newsletters, and participate in budget work and campaign planning.

    Sacramento Semester Students

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Frequently Asked Questions (coming soon)
Answers to many of the common questions both prospective and current majors have

Advising
Current and prospective majors can find out how to connect with faculty advisors

Scholarships
Information about the scholarships the department typically offers

Challenge Exam
For non-Government majors only who need to fulfill the state requirements for proficiency and knowledge of the U.S. Constitution, National Government and/or California State and Local Government (successful completion of the exam does not equal units earned for completion of course)

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Announcements

Please be aware that faculty do not hold regular office hours in summer for advising. Students may still email advising questions to their assigned advisors (found in your Student Center), but faculty may not be able to respond quickly. For urgent matters, please check with the Department Chair in Tahoe Hall 3104.

Students who would like to become Government majors or minors should wait until the beginning of the fall semester and consult with an advisor then. For Declaration/Change of major forms that need to be approved before then, submit your completed form to the Department Office and the Department Chair will contact you to set up and appointment.


Did you know that you can join the Hornets Policy & Politics Alumni (HPPA) Chapter before you graduate? HPPA hosts local events and supports a professional network of Sacramento State alumni and students interested in public policy, government, and politics. Learn more here 

CONTACT US

Tahoe Hall 3104
916-278-6202
govt@csus.edu

Summer Hours*
Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

*These hours may vary due to staff availability.

Please note that the office will be closed on the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4th

Sacramento Semester Program

The Sacramento Semester Program offers students at one of the 23 California State University campuses or other college or university, the opportunity to work with members of the legislature, departments in the executive branch, or with political associations and lobbyists during a four and one-half month internship.