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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.

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