Undergraduate Program

Political Science, is devoted to the study of theory and practice of government and politics. The Political Science Department at Sacramento State offers courses in several fields of study, including Political Theory, American Politics, Public Law, International Relations, Comparative Politics, and Public Policy. Over 70 courses cover all the major aspects of political science. Lower division courses satisfy General Education requirements and help to prepare students for advanced work.

Why major in Political Science?

Students with a Political Science major enter careers in government at the local, state or federal level, urban planning, political campaigns, or policy-related fields of all kinds. Some of our students work in the political process, including the burgeoning campaign field, public or private interest groups, or for lobbying organizations. Others go into teaching at all levels, journalism, business, and of course Government is a popular major for students interested in pursuing legal careers. For more information on careers in political science/government, click here.

The Political Science major complements a student's liberal arts education with an emphasis on understanding the theoretical and practical aspects of government and politics. The Department offers the BA In Political Science, two concentrations, and the minor in Political Science. The Political Science major is structured to provide students with a background in the basic fields of political science, as well as to permit them a range of choice in completing the program. The concentration in International Relations allows students to concentrate their studies on the fields of international relations and comparative politics. The Political Science/Journalism BA is a unique interdiscplinary program that spans the combined areas of Political Science and Journalism.

The Political Science Department offers several courses integral to interdisciplinary programs such as California Studies, Environmental Studies, Ethnic Studies, Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies, and Women's Studies. 

For students who wish to pursue graduate work in Political Science, a Master of Arts degree is offered. 

Students who work in the day will be interested to know that class scheduling permits completion of the general Political Science major in the late afternoon and evening hours.

Special Features

  • Located in the state capital, the Sacramento State program offers unusual opportunities for the study of government and politics and especially for internships. Students have served internships with state legislators, legislative committee staffs, special interest and lobbying groups, and administrative agencies. Placement is also possible in local government executive agencies and with county supervisors, city council members, and selected political campaigns. Students applying for internships should have had (or be taking in the same semester) GOVT 180, California State and Local Government, and must have passed the Writing Placement for Juniors Examination.
  • Sacramento State students may apply for the Sacramento Semester Program, which brings students from all California State University campuses to Sacramento for the spring semester to take advantage of the unique learning experience at the State Capitol. The heart of this program is six units of internship with the legislature or other state offices. An accompanying 6 unit seminar course in state government and politics allows students to integrate their practical internship experience with academic work.

For a complete listing of degree requirements for the Political Science major, concentrations, or minor, click here
For a complete listing of courses, click here  

Want to become a Political Science major or minor?

1. Pick up and complete an advising form and Declaration/Change of Major or Minor form (see forms page for appropriate form).

2. Meet with a Political Science Advisor and obtain their signature on Declaration/Change of Major or Minor form

3. Submit completed, signed form to Political Science Department Office for Department Chair signature (Tahoe Hall 3104). Form must be signed by Political Science Major Advisor before submitting for Chair's signature.

4. Upon receiving Department Chair's signature, submit Declaration/Change of Major or Minor form to the Student Services in Lassen Hall.