For current Government majors and minors

Advising

All declared Government majors and minors should already be assigned to an advisor, which can be viewed through the Student Center tab on their My Sac State account. Contact information for advisors can be found here; students can contact advisors either during their posted office hours or by emailing or calling them to set up an appointment. If no advisor has been assigned, students should contact the department for assistance.  Students who wish to change their assigned advisor can do so by submitting the Request to Change Advisor form to the Department Office once it has been signed by the new advisor.

Peer Mentoring

The Odyssey Mentor Program, created by the Political Science Department at California State University Sacramento, is a uniquely designed peer-to-peer mentoring program. This program began during the Fall of 2008 and is available to all Government Students. The Odyssey Mentor Program is funded by the Peer and Academic Resource Center (PARC). The purpose of the mentoring program is to integrate students into campus life, and to facilitate students during their time at CSUS. The mentoring program is applicable for students seeking academic help as well as students wishing to become more involved in campus life. More information about the Odyssey program can be found here.

Model UN (GOVT 138)

Government 138, "UN Simulation," is a class in which students act as representatives of a selected country in a simulation of an actual United Nations session.  The fall class offers a semester-long simulation involving an important international issue selected by the instructor.   High achieving students in this class can be invited to participate in one of two fall Model U.N. conferences, held respectively in Chicago and Washington, D.C.  The spring UN Simulation class involves preparing for and participating in the National Model UN (NMUN) conference in New York City.  Participation in the spring class is by invitation of the instructor.  Selection standards are high, as only superior students are invited to participate.  The class can be taken for graduate as well as undergraduate credit and can be repeated.  Students can count up to six units of "UN Simulation" towards their major. More information about the Model UN course can be found here.

Sacramento Semester

The Sacramento Semester Program, established in 1976 at California State University,Sacramento, is active learning at its best. The program offers students 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. Complete information about the program can be found here.

Internships (GOVT 195A)

The internships in government and politics offered through the Political Science Department create opportunities for upper division and graduate students at CSUS to gain direct experience working in state legislative offices, with lobbying groups, in state executive agencies and at various locations in city and county government. More information about internship opportunities and eligibity to enroll in the course can be found here.

Scholarships

The Political Science Department is typically able to offer various scholarships for majors, either during the fall or spring semesters. More information about the scholarships we typcially offer and application materials and deadlines can be found here.

Honor Society

You may be eligible for membership in Pi Sigma Alpha (ΠΣΑ), the national political science honor society (www.pisigmaalpha.org).  Founded in 1920, it aims to foster excellence in learning and in public service.  It does so by recognizing academic achievement in the discipline of political science and by honoring those who have served the public well. Membership in the national society is through membership in a campus chapter. In the last several years, our Pi Sigma Alpha chapter has not been active. However, we want to present you with the opportunity to join the society because it does recognize the good work you have done in your major. Thus, while we will not organize to undertake activities per se, applications for membership will be available to eligible students. Applications are accepted in the fall and spring semesters for eligble students. Applications and more information regarding eligilbity requirements can be found here.

Applying for Graduation

All declared majors who have been assigned to an advisor should apply for graduation online as soon as you have 85 units. From the Student Center tab on your MySacState, select the “Graduation Application & Evaluation” link; follow the instructions on the screen that appears and pay Graduation Fee (amount will be listed with the instructions). Students planning for a fall graduation should apply no later than February 1st the semester prior; students planning for a spring/summer graduation date should apply no later than October 1st the semester prior. Applying by the deadline is important as it will affect your registration date and the number of units you are allowed to enroll in. Further information and answers to frequently asked questions can be found on the Registrar’s homepage.  For information about the Commencement ceremony, please visit the University's Commencement page