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Quick 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.

  • The School of Humanities and Social Sciences is the largest of TCNJ’s 7 schools, with over 2,000 students and 100 faculty.
  • The School offers 14 majors as well as our open options program for incoming freshmen (students not yet decided on a major).
  • Our 14 majors are: African-American Studies, Criminology, English Liberal Arts and English Secondary Education, History Liberal Arts and History Secondary Education, International Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish and Spanish Secondary Education (housed in the Department of World Languages & Cultures), and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
  • Many students declare a self-designed major in subjects such as Anthropology, French, Religious Studies, or Russian Studies.
  • 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.
  • 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.