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About the Department

Study how and why society makes collective decisions, from the halls of legislatures and parliaments to the frontlines of electoral campaigns and international relations. Our students develop a deep knowledge of political theories and institutions, in the U.S. and around the world, while mastering the work of the political scientist. Our curriculum places strong emphasis on research, data analysis, and the formulation of clear and convincing evidence-based argument, a skillset valued across political spheres—and beyond.

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Challenging Academics

Rise to the expectations of faculty scholars who engage students in research and seminar-style classes.


Capital Connections

Proximity equals opportunity: Get real experience in state and federal government in nearby Trenton.


Flexible Foundation

Our grads enter top law schools or careers in government, public affairs, business, nonprofits, and more.

Inside TCNJ

What sets TCNJ’s programs apart from the competition? Hear from those who know best.

Recent News / Announcements

Political Immunity

TCNJ professors take a shot at explaining how a vaccine for COVID-19 has turned political.

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Down for the count

Political Science adjunct professor Bill Healey has to be New Jersey’s most dedicated census taker. Even being chased by ornery dogs didn’t dampen his resolve.

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