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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

“You’ll Never Walk Alone: School Crossing Guards and Labor Feminism in Postwar America”

Presented by Dr. Francis Ryan, Professor of History at Rutgers University’s School of Management and Labor Relations. Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 12:30 pm to 1:50 pm in SSB 223.

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“Drawing For Change: Promoting Human Rights With The Pen”

Best known for her work in The New Yorker, Liza Donnelly is a cartoonist and writer who uses humor to approach issues of social justice. She has worked on global women’s human rights and has a UN-sponsored project called “Cartooning for Peace” that brings together cartoonists from different countries (many without press freedoms) commenting on social and political issues.

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