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What you need to know before applying:

The CCE Program is designed for students who combine academic excellence in the home major with a demonstrated desire to engage in a project of real-world significance through civic leadership. 

Unlike the traditional social science majors, students must apply to be accepted into the CCE major. If you are ready to apply, please click on the section to the left entitled, “The Application.” There you will find the application materials and links to the application forms for both high school seniors and current Syracuse University freshman and sophomores. If you would still like more information, please read below.

Who can apply?

Only entering first-years, current first-years, and first semester sophomores at Syracuse University are eligible to apply.

The Program seeks to accept students intending to major, or who are majoring, in:

  • one of the eight other social-science majors in Maxwell (Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, International Relations, Policy Studies, Political Science, or Sociology);
  • one of the humanities majors (English and Textual Studies, African American Studies, Latin American Studies, to name a few)
  • a major from another college at Syracuse University that has a strong focus in social sciences or social good. Some examples include Broadcast Digital Journalism, Public Relations, Nutrition, etc.  

You do not need to have chosen a home major to apply to CCE but will have to choose another major before graduating from SU. 

When can I apply?

The program has two entry points: the beginning of a student’s first year at Syracuse University, and during their first two years on campus.

The first year entry point allows prospective high-school seniors to apply to the Program at the same time they apply to Syracuse University; those accepted will enter the program upon matriculation. They will also benefit from a robust schedule of social and academic events that are designed to build a sense of esprit de corps among the cohort. You will be able to choose CCE from the drop down menu on the Common Application and will be required to write an additional essay to be considered for CCE.

Students already at Syracuse University may apply for admission to the program during their first year, for matriculation at the beginning of the second. Please note: Students choosing the latter route must complete the First Year Foundations requirements outlined in the Program Requirements section under Lower Division Experience.

What kind of student succeeds in the CCE program?

The Maxwell Program in Citizenship and Civic Engagement prides itself on having a diverse group of students from all different backgrounds and majors as a part of its population. Any and every student is a good fit! However, we find that those students who have particular interests in making a difference in their community, providing social good, and being civically involved are most attracted to and succeed most readily in our major.

If you would like to know more about current students in our major to see what you, too, could do with CCE as your major, click on the link to the Student Profiles. If you have a question for one of our student ambassadors, their email addresses can be found in the Student Profiles section as well.

If you are in need of additional information, or have more questions, please email us at citizenship@maxwell.syr.edu. Or, check out our frequently asked questions section on the left.