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  • Undergraduate Majors, Minors and More

    Strong Disciplines and the "Citizenship Extra"

    When you "major in Maxwell," you are participating in an innovative experiment in higher education — one mixing strong disciplinary study with a School-wide emphasis on citizenship and public affairs.

    You will matriculate in Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences, where your major is integrated with a broader liberal arts experience. However, you learn from the faculty of the Maxwell School — the same esteemed scholars who make Maxwell America's top graduate school of public affairs (according to U.S.News & World Report).

    And, because Maxwell was founded as a home for citizenship studies, your education in political science, anthropology, geography, or any of the disciplines is imbued with a concern for public life and democratic governance. This extra emphasis seeps into classroom discussion and, sometimes, even into a professor's fundamental approach to a course topic.

    The Maxwell School offers bachelor's degrees in these social science fields:


    And in:



  • The Policy Studies major, offered through the undergraduate Department of Public Affairs, uses workplace skills, community internships, and service learning to prepare students for public-sector careers.

    The Citizenship and Civic Engagement degree (first offered in fall 2013) is designed to make Maxwell's interdisciplinary advantages even more tangible. It is taken alongside a second major in the social sciences, and provides a pragmatic, productive approach to each student's future as a democratic stakeholder.

    Minors are offered in the social science disciplines listed above, and in a variety of interdisciplinary fields. (Find social-science-based minors among Arts and Sciences' full list of interdisciplinary degree programs.)

    The MAX Courses are popular electives, team-taught by senior professors from across the disciplines. Focusing on current issues in public affairs, the faculty leads students through an open-ended, deliberative approach to democracy and citizenship. Those courses are the centerpiece of the Citizenship and Civic Engagement major, mentioned above.

    Maxwell in DC

    The Maxwell School's Washington Semester Program puts you in the midst of some of the most important institutions, processes and policy makers in the world. Students work as an intern three or four days a week, getting first-hand experience in both international and domestic policy. Students also meet for seminars with Maxwell professors who work in the Washington policymaking community. A gateway to careers in public service, public affairs, with NGOs, media and business, the 15-credit program can apply to many majors on campus or as electives.

    Watch the video below for a closer look at the Washington Semester Program.

    For more information, visit the Maxwell in DC website or contact maxwellindc@maxwell.syr.edu


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