Why Choose CCE?
The Maxwell Advantage
The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs is consistently ranked as the nation's number one school for graduate education in public affairs (U.S. News & World Report). As part of both the Maxwell School and the College of Arts and Sciences, you'll enjoy courses taught by world renowed Maxwell faculty, as well as support from the Maxwell Center for Career Development. As any alumnus: When you major in the social sciences at Syracuse University, the Maxwell reputation opens doors. While you are a student here on campus you will also be given the opportunity to participate in many unique and important experiences.
Community Placement Partnerships
All students within the CCE Major work with a community organization in the Greater Syracuse area for at least one semester. Recent placements include Clear Path for Veterans, local congressional and government offices, American Red Cross, local refugee resettlement agencies and many more. CCE Faculty and Staff work closely to individually tailor your experiences and put you on the path towards graduating with the skills both inside and outside of the classroom that you will need to lead a post college life that makes a difference.
Professional Development Series
In conjunction with other undergraduate departments within the Maxwell School, including the International Relations Program, CCE runs a series of Professional Development Workshops each semester that are specifically tailored towards leadership, post graduate work in the social, government or international sectors and graduate school or fellowship opportunities. We partner with Syracuse University Career Services Network, the Maxwell Center for Career Development and the Center for Fellowship and Scholarship Advising to provide meaningful and relevant sessions for all of our students. Recent topics include: How to Make Your Resume Pop, How to Maximize your Internship Experience, Working Oversees and What to Think About Graduate School.
Between 50-75% of our students study away from campus for at least one semester during their time at Syracuse University. Whether it is studying public health in South Africa or studying reconciliation and cultural differences in Central Europe, you have opportunities across the globe to enhance your undergraduate experiences. You are also able to participate in the prestigious Maxwell in DC Program, spending a semester working in DC on a full time internship, while also taking classes on global issues and policy. CCE undergraduates have participated in summer programs such as Paris Noir, and at the International Office of Migration in Ghana. CCE Advisors will help you navigate through the various programs and find the experience that works best for you. To find out more about Syracuse University Study Abroad Programs please visit SU Abroad.
Summer and Academic Experience Opportunities
Each summer, CCE provides funding to students looking to embark on experiences that enhance their CCE Action Plans. You apply for funding in the Spring Semester and can be awarded up to $1,000. Funding can be used to supplement experiences such as: unpaid internships, research, action plan implementation, transportation and housing costs, living expenses and other related fees. The number of awards and award amounts vary based on the strength of the applications submitted. Grants can not exceed $1,000 and, in most instances, will not cover the entire costs associated with the summer experience. As such, we encourage students to seek funding from other sources. CCE can also fund opportunities during the semester for travel to conferences, attending workshops and other opportunities that may be normally out of reach for undergraduates.
CCE Alumni Network
The CCE alumni network is strong and ever growing, our first class graduated in 2016! We currently have CCE Alums entering the Fulbright teaching program, working across the country on political campaigns, at rape crisis centers, at LGBTQ community centers, entering the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, law school, graduate school and working in Washington DC in a variety of fields. We have alums working in local government here in Syracuse as well. As a CCE major you immediately become part of the Maxwell and Orange Networks, which provide amazing resources and opportunities around the world.
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