• Applying to Citizenship and Civic Engagement

    Open the door to a career in community engagement and civic leadership.

    If you have a strong interest and prior experience in making a difference in your community and being civically involved, CCE is for you! Maxwell’s Citizenship and Civic Engagement program provides students with the opportunity to design a personalized program of study rich in community-based work and rigorous research. As a student in this program, you will work with nonprofit organizations, government agencies, the offices of elected officials, or private firms that have adopted a social enterprise model to develop solutions for the public good.

    We limit the size of the program by accepting only 30 students per year. This keeps class sizes small in CCE’s Upper Division Sequence  and ensures that faculty and staff have time to provide individual advising that will support in every step in your journey.

    Each CCE student has a second concurrent major. You may choose to pursue a major in the social sciences or humanities, but almost any major works with CCE. You do not need to have already chosen a concurrent major to apply to CCE, but you will need to choose at least one more before graduating.


  • I applied to CCE because I wanted to be surrounded by people who are as dedicated to social change and action as I am. As a CCE student, I am learning not only to pinpoint a societal problem, but also how to take real, tangible action in order to directly address the issue and make a change. 

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    ~ Sofia Rossi, '22 BA (CCE)

  • How to Apply as a High School Student

    If you are a current high school student applying to Syracuse University, make sure to indicate Citizenship and Civic Engagement as your first choice major on the Common Application. You will need to complete an additional, CCE-specific essay. Early Decision students are welcome to apply in the fall.

    Visit Syracuse University Admissions for deadlines and more information.

    Application Materials

    Students applying to CCE should select CCE as their first choice major on the Common Application because it will provide you the opportunity to answer a required, short CCE-specific essay question.  Only once we receive your CCE essay response will we consider your application to the program. Choosing CCE as your second choice major will delay your application to CCE.

    How to Apply as a Current Syracuse University Student

    If you are a current first-year student or first-semester sophomore at Syracuse University, you still need to apply to the CCE program. Please complete and submit our application. We review applications on a rolling basis, but space is limited so we encourage you to apply as soon as you know CCE is the major for you. We are always happy to meet with prospective CCE students to discuss how adding the major will enhance your academic and post-graduation career. In addition to strong academic performance, we look for student who are actively involved in meaningful public service activities on or off campus. Once you are accepted, you must meet with us to plan your course schedule to ensure you will be able complete CCE requirements on time.

    Application Deadlines

    To ensure a program start in Spring Semester:  Apply before November 1st.

    To ensure a program start in Fall Semester:  Apply before March 1st .

    Successful applicants will be notified before Spring Registration begins in November and Fall Registration begins in March.

    Applications have closed for the Class of 2021.  Spaces remain open for the Classes of 2022 and 2023. 

    Application Materials

    Students will be accepted into the CCE program prior to advising and registration. All application materials are also available in hard copy or Word Document format if necessary. Please email us for more information.

    CCE Application  - Required

    Instructor Recommendation Form - Required 

    General Recommendation Form - Optional