The College of New Jersey

Apply     Visit     Give     |     Alumni     Parents     Offices     TCNJ Today     

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.

Learn More Apply


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

Spring 2020 Dean's List

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

Read More »

Statement on systemic racism in the United States

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

Read More »

Congratulations Jamie Fox Scholars

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

Read More »

2020 Senior Awards

Political Science faculty present the TCNJ Political Science Awards to graduating seniors. Congratulations!

Read More »

Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

Congratulations to the Political Science Class of 2020!

Read More »

Political Science Independent Research Showcase

The Political Science Independent Research Showcase on May 6, 2020 features an online gallery of the research, scholarship and creative activity of TCNJ Political Science students.

Read More »