• Welcome to the Policy Studies Program

    "Undergraduates Building Professional Policy Skills Through Jobs, Internships, Community Engagement and Independent Studies"

    Disclaimer: The outcomes described in these materials illustrate past student achievements and are not guaranteed for current and future students.

    The Right Tools for the Real World

    The Policy Studies Program, offered by the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the College of Arts and Sciences, is available to all Syracuse University undergraduates. It is the home of the Policy Studies major and minor along with several community service, student projects, internships, career advising, and job programs. Understanding public policy comes through hands-on activities to make a better world. Students practice the 10 Skill Sets listed below to gain the skills they need to succeed in careers and citizenship.

    See what the Chancellor and alumni have said about policy studies.

    Discover the 10 Skill Sets for success in all careers and citizenship.

    Learn about PST 101, the gateway course to gaining skills for community service, jobs, internships and independent studies. It is also the introductory course to the Policy Studies major and minor.

    Get credit for internships, jobs and services.

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    Skills Win

    10 Skill Sets for Success in Career and Citizenship

  • Policy Studies News

    Zwick discusses Uber, Lyft drivers strike in Agence France Presse

    Austin Zwick, assistant teaching professor of public affairs, was quoted in the Agence France Press article "Uber, Lyft Drivers Strike to Press Demands on Rideshare Firms." Zwick says the job actions are an attempt to shift the balance of power between drivers and platforms, which now have the power to arbitrarily determine compensation and benefits.


    Scholarship fund honors policy studies professor Bill Coplin

    A campaign intended to raise as much as $1 million in new scholarship funds was launched earlier this semester in the name of legendary policy studies professor Bill Coplin. Creation of the Bill Coplin Policy Studies Scholarship was prompted by alumna Elysa B. Wolfe, a 1993 Maxwell graduate who herself majored in policy studies (as well as political science).


    Maxwell students named 2019-20 Remembrance Scholars

    Syracuse University’s Remembrance Scholar Selection Committee has chosen the 35 students who will be the 2019-20 Remembrance Scholars. The scholarships 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.