A Capital Idea: New Course Takes Students Behind the Scenes at the State House in Trenton

Senator Sweeney

A new course for Political Science and Justice Studies majors promises to give students a unique perspective on the legislative process at the State House in Trenton, New Jersey.

Led by Professor Sal Anderton, the upper level course, Selected Topics in Political Science (POLS-416-05), provides eleven students with a rare opportunity to observe, experience, and gain first-hand knowledge of the legislative process of state government.

When in Trenton, the students attend voting sessions and committee hearings and meets with cabinet members and legislators. Classroom discussions on the day’s hot political topics feature visits from legislators, lobbyists, and heads of state governmental agencies.

This innovative course marks the first time Montclair State students will regularly travel to the State House as a part of a course requirement.