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  • Maxwell Program in
    Citizenship and Civic Engagement

    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:

    • small seminar-style courses that examine the value of citizenship, ethics, and justice to contemporary life,
    • community-based learning experiences,
    • conducted independent social science research with Maxwell faculty, and 
    • co-created a project with a community partner of their choice.

    CCE students thus gain insight into social forces at work and learn how and where change happens, through collaboration, research, and action.  

    How it Works

    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 careers.

    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.

    Patlan, Kennedy

    ~ Kennedy Patlan, '18 BA (Advertising/Women's & Gender Studies/CCE)

    Assistant Campaign Manager, Ad Council

  • The CCE Community

    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 Maxwell School.

    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.

    Career Fields

    CCE 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.

  • CCE News

    Maxwell faculty and students honored with 2020 One University awards

    Syracuse University announced its 2020 One University Awards, honoring members of the University community for their scholarship, teaching, academic achievement, leadership and service. The annual ceremony was scheduled to take place on April 17 in Hendricks Chapel, but was canceled due to COVID-19 guidelines.


    Maxwell students selected as 2020-21 Remembrance Scholars

    Ten Maxwell students were among the 35 students selected to be the 2020-21 Remembrance Scholars by Syracuse University’s Remembrance Scholar Selection Committee. The scholarships, now in their 31st year, were founded as a tribute to—and means of remembering—the 35 students who were killed in the Dec. 21, 1988, bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.


    Maxwell students receive Fulbright teaching and research grants

    Three Maxwell students will make impacts around the globe as 2020-21 recipients of awards through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Five Maxwell students were also chosen as alternates. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program funds a number of different awards that include English teaching assistantships (ETA) and study/research grants in over 140 countries.

  • CCE Newsletter

  • CCE 2017 Newsletter

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  • Upcoming Events

    Due to public health concerns around COVID-19, all in-person public events are postponed or canceled until further notice.

  • About the Group Photo

    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.