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.
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.
Stay in the Know
Frequently Asked Questions (coming soon)
Answers to many of the common questions both prospective and current majors have
Current and prospective majors can find out how to connect with faculty advisors
Information about the scholarships the department typically offers
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)
Applications are now being accepted for Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Honor Society. Click here for more information. Applications due by noon on Thursday, March 30 to the Department Office (Tahoe 3104).
Scholarship applications are now being accepted. For complete information and to apply, click here. Applications due by noon on Monday April 3 to the Department Office (Tahoe 3104).
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
Tahoe Hall 3104
Please note that the office will be closed on the following dates: