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Overview MAX 302 Research Projects

All students within the College of Arts and Sciences must complete the Liberal Arts Core requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences. Our students who are dually enrolled with the SI Newhouse School of Public Communications or have a home college such as the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics will work with their home college to complete their core requirements.  Under the guidance of faculty mentors and the Program’s board, core courses should be selected to provide the broadest possible methodological foundation for a student’s particular interest in civic engagement.

Each student will complete two majors: 

  • Major One: chosen from the existing social-science disciplines within Maxwell (Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, International Relations, Political Science, Policy Studies, and Sociology), or a related discipline outside of Maxwell that entails a substantial social-science focus (Public Relations, Broadcast Digital Journalism, Women and Gender Studies, Food Studies for example) .
  • Major Two: The second major, Citizenship and Civic Engagement is constructed by the student and his or her faculty advisors in a manner that brings the disciplinary tools gained in pursuit of the social-sciences major to bear on questions of citizenship, civic engagement, and public affairs.

Each student must successfully complete their concurrent major (second major) as required for graduation in the Maxwell Program in Citizenship and Civic Engagement. However, declaration of that major is not a requirement for entry into the program.


Coursework and requirements

The program requires thirty-three credit hours of coursework, outlined below, in addition to the completion of a concurrent major. All of the Citizenship and Civic Engagement Courses are taught  by amazing, dedicated Maxwell professors. Click on the "Faculty tab" to learn more about the professors and staff who will be your teachers and mentors throughout the major. Please refer to the Syracuse University Course Catalog for updated information on the Liberal Arts Core Requirement and CCE Specific Requirements. 

Lower Division Experience | Upper Division Experience | Connective Coursework | Concurrent Major

Lower Division Experience

1) FIRST-YEAR FOUNDATIONS (6 credits): This requirement must be completed during a student's first (freshman) year at Syracuse University.   

MAX 123

Critical Issues for the United States

(3 credits)


MAX 132  

Global Community

(3 credits)

Any Entry Level Course in Any Maxwell Department

200-level or below

(3 credits)


2) SOCIAL-SCIENCE METHODOLOGY (6 credits): This requirement must be completed during the student's first (freshman) or second (sophomore) year at Syracuse University.

Required Course Methodology #1: MAX 201- Quantitative Methods for the Social Sciences (3 credits)

Required Course Methodology #2: (Student chooses the second course based on coursework available and meeting with CCE Advisor) Potential methodology coursework is listed below. Other courses, including courses taken abroad can be petitioned to the CCE Faculty Chair for inclusion.

ANT 453

Poverty, Policy, and Human Services

ANT 481

Ethnographic Techniques

ANT 482

Life Histories/Narratives

ANT 484

Social Movement Research Methods

GEO 381

Cartographic Design

GEO 383

Geographic Information Systems

GEO 386

Quantitative Geographical Analysis

GEO 482

Environmental Remote Sensing

HST 201

Research Seminar (topic varies)

HST 401

Senior Research Seminar (topic varies)

PAF 315

Methods of Policy Analysis and Presentation

PSC 202

Introduction to Political Analysis

SOC 318

Introduction to Research

SOC 319

Qualitative Research


Upper Division Experience

From sophomore to senior year, students will complete four courses, (twelve credits), all designed specifically for the Program.  In their junior and senior year, students will also be responsible for completing nine credits worth of Connective Coursework. See the next section for more info on what the Connective Coursework requirement entails. 

All of these courses are offered in both spring and fall semesters, to accommodate student schedules and those who choose to study abroad in one or more semesters:


SOPHOMORE YEAR (6 credits):

MAX 301- REQ. 

Ethics, Justice, and Citizenship


Seminar in ethics and political/social justice as they pertain to citizenship and civic action. Course covers historical and contemporary approaches to citizenship.

*taken in same semester as MAX 310

MAX 310-REQ 

Community Placement in Ethics, Justice and Citizenship

Introduces students to a variety of non-profit and government agencies through service learning. This course is to be taken in conjunction with MAX 301.

*taken in same semester as MAX 301

JUNIOR YEAR (3 credits):

MAX 302- REQ. 

Civic Engagement Research Seminar


Readings and research on application of social-science methodologies to concrete civic, political, and global issues. Initial focus on Maxwell-based research; case studies of academically informed civic engagement; final project proposal on topic of student's choice.

SENIOR YEAR (3 credits):

MAX 401-REQ.

Action Plan Workshop

Capstone course for Maxwell Citizenship & Civic Engagement Program. Design and implementation of "Action Plan" to improve social, economic and/or political conditions at the local, state, federal or global level.


Connective Coursework 


Students enroll in three upper-division courses, (nine credits) clearly related to the design and execution of their final Action Plan. Courses are selected with the help of the student's faculty advisor and approved by the Program Chair. The courses must come from at least two different academic departments or units within Maxwell; one of the courses may be taken from any unit in the University. These courses should be selected to provide a broad substantive background for a student's Action Plan. Students will also be encouraged to integrate civic engagement experiences and research that is produced outside of the Maxwell School. 

Where Does My Concurrent Major Fit In? 

Students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences can choose the concurrent major from the existing social-science disciplines within Maxwell, or from suitably related disciplines in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences dual programs with S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications or the School of Education, or students enrolled in other schools/colleges in majors not directly related to the social sciences, may apply for a dual or double major, respectively, in Citizenship and Civic Engagement if their intended course of study and goals for academically informed civic engagement fit with the structure and capacities of the Program. In such cases, the Program Chair, Coordinator and Board will ensure that the student's program of study provides sufficient background in the social sciences to complete the Action Plan.

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