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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.

Recent News / Announcements

Statement on this week's violence at the U.S. Capitol

Statement from Dr. Daniel Bowen, Chair, TCNJ Department of Political Science, on this week's violence at the U.S. Capitol

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Political Science Independent Research Showcase

The Political Science Independent Research Showcase on December 2, 2020 features an online gallery of the research, scholarship and creative activity of TCNJ Political Science students.

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Spring 2021 Advising Guide now available

The Spring 2021 Advising Guide is now available.

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Spring 2020 Dean's List

Congratulations to the Political Science students named to the Spring 2020 Dean's List!

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Statement on systemic racism in the United States

TCNJ Department of Political Science statement on systemic racism in the United States

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Congratulations Jamie Fox Scholars

The Department of Political Science congratulates the five TCNJ students named Jamie Fox Scholars in the spring of 2020. 

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