What is the Maxwell Program in Citizenship & Civic Engagement (CCE)?

The Citizenship and Civic Engagement major is an individualized, hands-on undergraduate program that helps you develop understanding of social activism, public affairs, and political change.

How Does it Work?

CCE, offered by the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, is a double-major program.

In addition to CCE, students choose a second major in a policy-relevant field, usually in the social sciences or public communications. Almost any major at SU can fit with CCE, depending on your interest.

Possible Majors Include:

                          CCE Students Tabling in Schine Student Center

Multidisciplinary Major:

The Citizenship and Civic Engagement major is a multifaceted course of study that draws heavily from within the social science disciplines as well as other areas of study to create a unique, interdisciplinary exploration of how to steer a life toward the public good. 

This interdisciplinary classroom component is based in Maxwell's groundbreaking MAX Course curriculum, which explores critical issues in the U.S. and around the world through presentations by a wide range of scholars and practitioners and intensive small-group discussions. The original MAX Courses have been taught since the 1990s. Now, through the Citizenship and Civic Engagement major, four new MAX Courses allow students to engage more deeply with issues of citizenship, ethics, and justice, and to apply the tools of the social sciences.

The Citizenship and Civic Engagement major builds to a capstone project: the creation of an Action Plan for addressing an important social issue. Each student's Action Plan is unique, and based on thorough research and rigorous analysis. It represents not just well-meaning activism, but tangible plans for change - and, as such, the ultimate expression of the Citizenship and Civic Engagement major.

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