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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

    Compassion for Community - Lia Chabot '21 BS (Econ/CCE)

    Lia Chabot ’21 arrived at Syracuse University with a passion for economics, and she’ll graduate with a wealth of experiences that reflect her academic prowess, compassion and commitment to activism. Whether she’s talking monetary policy, crunching data on rental properties, advocating for sexual safety or sharing her love for London, Chabot brings a refreshing perspective to all she does. In the College of Arts and Sciences and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, she brought her interests together by combining majors in economics and citizenship and civic engagement with a minor in environment and society.


    Maxwell students awarded Downey Scholarships from SU ICCAE

    Four Maxwell students were among the 13 undergraduate, graduate and law students awarded Downey Scholarships by the Syracuse University Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence (SU ICCAE). The $1,500 award recognizes academic excellence, commitment to public service and potential to bring diverse and distinctive backgrounds and experiences to the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC).


    Maxwell faculty, staff and students honored with 2021 One University awards

    Syracuse University announced its 2021 One University Awards, honoring members of the University community for their scholarship, teaching, academic achievement, leadership and service. The ceremony was held virtually this year due to COVID-19 precautions.

  • CCE Newsletter

  • CCE 2017 Newsletter

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  • 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.

Maxwell Program in Citizenship and Civic Engagement
404 Maxwell Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244-1020
Phone: +1.315.443.1602