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Citizenship and Civic Engagement (CCE), an undergraduate B.A. major
offered by the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, is a
nationally unique interdisciplinary learning experience that enables students
to contribute to the public good while preparing for careers in the public,
private, and nonprofit sectors.
By the time they graduate,
CCE students are well on their way to becoming civically engaged professionals
who have the knowledge and skills to work on issues they find important. They have participated in:
CCE students thus gain insight into social forces at work and
learn how and where change happens, through collaboration, research, and
During their first year at
Syracuse University, CCE students begin customizing their CCE curriculum to fit
their interests, while interacting with the best faculty and courses that the
Maxwell School offers.
Between then and
senior year, they develop a deep understanding of public affairs, including
policy research, public administration, international relations, civic
leadership, community collaboration, and conflict management. They apply theories, methodologies, and skill
sets based in the social sciences (anthropology, economics, history, geography,
political science, and sociology) to real-world problems.
All of this happens because
CCE students pair the CCE major with another Syracuse University major of their
choice, using the “companion major” as an additional way to view and contribute
to the public good.
On graduation day, CCE students have earned two majors and charted their own unique paths toward meaningful
Learn more about our CCE major.
CCE gave me the opportunity to explore the role that public communications plays within non-profit and government environments. Through the program, I analyzed and enacted the skills I learned in my Newhouse Advertising major. This allowed me to find a paid position that speaks to my communications and engagement interests. Currently, I work across four campaigns for various non-profit and government clients, all of which have social impact messages.
~ Kennedy Patlan, '18 BA (Advertising/Women's & Gender Studies/CCE)
Assistant Campaign Manager, Ad Council
The CCE program builds
30-student “class cohorts” every year as a way to ensure a strong community
experience. After students apply and gain admission to
CCE, they form strong academic and social bonds with the other 90 students in
the program. Every semester, the CCE
community—students, faculty, and staff—comes together for meals, field trips,
on- and off-campus workshops, Junior research poster sessions, Senior Action
Plan presentations, as well as lectures and workshops offered by CCE and the
Through our Peer Mentor
Program, CCE matches first-year students with trained junior-year mentors who
share their insights, tips, and guidance on life at Syracuse University. Professional academic advisors—the CCE Program
Coordinator and the CCE Faculty Chair—also meet regularly with students as they
translate their interests into real-world action. These mentor-mentee and
adviser-advisee relationships continue to grow through the program and beyond,
adding to the invaluable Maxwell alumni network after graduation.
students’ paths after graduation are as unique as their courses of study during
the program. For some of the more-than
60 students who have graduated since our inaugural Class of 2016, the skills
and knowledge gained in CCE have carried into their pursuit of law degrees, master’s
degrees in Public Administration, Public Policy, Urban Planning, and even PhDs
in the social sciences. Other CCE
graduates hold jobs in nonprofit organizations, government agencies, political
campaigns, and in the private sector with a variety of focus areas.
Alex Lynch '16 credits CCE action plan with shaping his career at NYPD
Maxwell School Announces New Chairs, Faculty
Students help build food system rooted in social justice, equity
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CCE Seniors celebrate the culmination of their course of study – presenting their Senior Action Plans!
Together with Professor Wilcoxen, these students spent months refining their initiatives, programs, and supporting documents to arrive at a variety of Action Plans – ranging from mentor recruitment initiatives to implementing technology curricula
at after school programs to creating collaborative relationships with student groups to ensure the campus food pantry is always well stocked.