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Undergraduate Study at the Maxwell School

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Undergraduate Majors and Minors

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Anthropology

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Citizenship and Civic Engagement

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Economics

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Environment and Society

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Environment, Sustainability and Policy

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Geography

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Global Political Economy

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Global Security Studies

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History

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International Relations

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Medical Anthropology

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Policy Studies

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Political Science

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Sociology

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MAX Courses

Undergraduate Cross-Disciplinary

The MAX Courses are signature introductory undergraduate courses in the social sciences for students with a broad interest in public and international affairs bridging anthropology, economics, geography, history, international relations, political science, policy studies and sociology.

Critical Issues for the United States


Explore perspectives of the meaning of the American dream, its past and its future, through the lens of social science disciplines, taught by teams of Maxwell's renowned faculty.

Global Community


Learn dynamics of worldwide society and its cultures, global economy and political order. Explore tensions within these realms, and attempts by different communities to either participate in or to hold themselves aloof from “global culture.”

Quantitative Methods for the Social Sciences (MAX 201)


Develop skills necessary to analyze data and evaluate research including research design, sampling design, descriptive and inferential statistics, data sources for social science, constructing data sets, reading and constructing tables and charts.

New: Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s


Academically accomplished undergraduate Maxwell students interested in continuing their education can apply to earn a master’s in public administration or international relations from the Maxwell School with just one additional year of study beyond the B.A. or B.S.—inclusive of an experience-building internship. Interested students should contact the department and apply in their junior year.

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Undergraduate Academic and Career Advising

Take advantage of our unique integrated advising model—that means every advising professional will provide you with both academic and career advising services. We get to know you, and there’s no need to make multiple appointments in different buildings!

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Study Abroad


With more than 60 locations to choose from, Syracuse University students have a world of options.

Semester Programs

  • Central Europe (Wroclaw, Poland)
  • Florence, Italy
  • London, England
  • Madrid, Spain
  • Santiago, Chile
  • Strasbourg, France

Other options: discovery, summer and short-term programs.

Student Groups, Activities and Recreation

With over 300 student organizations, you'll have plenty of opportunities to explore interests, pursue passions, get involved and engage with the Syracuse University community. You'll be encouraged to test and grow your physical and mental boundaries via the clubs, classes and facilities that suit you best.

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Undergraduate Admission


The Maxwell School offers undergraduate majors and minors across the social sciences and in a range of public affairs and community-focused disciplines. Undergraduates enjoy access to the school’s award-winning faculty and supportive staff, plus the combined Office of Undergraduate Academic and Career Advising, all dedicated to helping students navigate their college path from day one.

The new Maxwell Citizenship Living Learning Community offers undergraduates the opportunity to live among like-minded peers dedicated to the public good and practicing engaged citizenship. Meanwhile, the International Relations Living Learning Community offers an opportunity to engage with others who share an interest in international affairs right here in Syracuse, N.Y.

Nov. 15

early decision deadline (first-year students only)

Jan. 1

early decision II and regular decision deadline (first-year students only)

July 1

transfer students, fall start (Nov. 15 for spring enrollment)

Undergraduate Admission and Financial Aid
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