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Quick Facts


The School of Humanities and Social Sciences is the home for over 2,000 students and over 100 faculty members in 14 different majors in 10 different departments. All our programs offer rigorous training in transferable skills, including critical thinking, creative problem-solving, and excellent communication skills in both speech and writing.

Fast Facts

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences provides a high quality education to talented undergraduate students in a broad range of programs.  Our classes are small to encourage close faculty mentoring by our exceptional teacher-scholars.  Our curriculum is flexible to help students engage in transformative learning experiences including:  study abroad, credit-bearing internships, undergraduate research, and community-engaged learning.  Our students develop transferable skills in writing, public speaking, critical thinking, creative-problem solving, and ethical reasoning, skills they will use in a meaningful life and in a fulfilling career.  Working with staff in TCNJ’s Career Center, our students learn how to describe and market those skills as they move forward to a job or post-graduate study upon completion of the bachelor’s degree.

Academic Programs

  • The School of Humanities and Social Sciences is the largest of TCNJ’s 7 schools, with over 2,000 students and 100 faculty in 14 majors (10 departments), including secondary education programs in English, History, and Spanish, as well as our open options program for incoming freshmen (students not yet decided on a major).
  • Our 14 majors are: Criminology, English Liberal Arts and English Secondary Education, History Liberal Arts and History Secondary Education, International Studies, Journalism & Professional Writing (housed in the English Department), Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish and Spanish Secondary Education (housed in the Department of World Languages & Cultures), and Women’s & Gender Studies.
  • Many students declare a self-designed major in subjects such as Anthropology, French, Religious Studies, or Russian Studies.  Link here:
  • HSS majors enjoy small classes conducted primarily in one of two buildings, the Social Science Building and Bliss Hall Annex.  We have no lecture classes:  students benefit from close faculty mentoring and intellectual stimulation from talented peers.
  • The School of Humanities and Social Sciences is a community with community-based events, such as “the war of the words,” our international film festival, the Politics Forum, and our close readings lunches.  The Dean’s Weekly Messages keeps all members of our community informed about opportunities and events and apprises us of the students and faculty with outstanding achievements and accomplishments.

Student Engagement

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences encourages students to ExCEL: Explore, Contribute, Engage and Learn Away. Our academic program is designed to provide students with the flexibility to engage in transformative learning experiences:

Explore: your own interests, learning about new interests and passions that you might never have had the opportunity to explore in high school

Contribute: get involved in community-engaged learning, volunteering through the Bonner Center or through a service-based organization on our campus to make a difference in the greater Trenton area

Engage: intensify your academic commitment by getting involved in undergraduate research in your major; develop leadership skills by getting involved in a club, team, or organization on campus (there are over 150 to choose from / link here:

Learn Away: apply your classroom learning experiences in the world beyond Metzger Drive by completing an internship, taking an experiential learning course (perhaps in a prison or in an archive), or going on study abroad

Student Accomplishments

In just one academic year HSS students …

  • Won 23 External Awards (including Fulbright)
  • Made 19 Conference Presentations at Non-TCNJ conferences
  • Published 15 papers in Non-TCNJ journals based on work written at TCNJ
  • Approximately 25% of faculty publications in peer-reviewed journals were coauthored by current or former students